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#31 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [wvgasguy]
May 15, 2009 (12:05 pm)
Yeah, I must say this is definitely different than 4 years ago when I bought our Civic... It was easy to get a price over the phone, and I got it for very close to invoice vs. this which is over $1k above it. And the salespeople seem almost... standoffish. Definitely irritated. Maybe they figure they have so few left that they can easily sell it to someone who's not doing quite as much research?
We'll see! I've been without a car for 8 months, so if this doesn't work out, I will live.
#32 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 15, 2009 (1:36 pm)
It is ironic that they will tell some people they want to move the 09's to make room for the 2010's and then tell people when they get there that they have so few that they don't need to discount them. Right now the lots are bare in a lot of dealerships because production has been cut. The truth though is that production is cut because cars are not selling. It's a catch 22 but it should be working in favor of the consumer rather than the dealer.
#33 of 1188 Central Atlantic Region_WV delivery
May 15, 2009 (5:27 pm)
The sales manager just called me to go over the spec for my preference. He said he had to get it ready tonight as it has to be turned in by tomorrow AM!
I joked with him and asked him what ship is coming in. I had told him about the link I found on PriusChat showing the GPS locations of the ships. He said, I may be able to find out if indeed he gets an allocation.
It's a smaller dealership and while they wouldn't get a large allocation if any at all, I know that when they got my 07 TCH in, it came in the first shipment in West Virginia and I had a VIN ending with 0579. I'm hopeful he will be as lucky this time. However if he can't get what I want or fairly close I will wait since I plan to own this a while and want it pretty much like I've spec'ed.
2010 Prius V
Beige / sand leather
All Weather Floor and cargo mats
Heading to Ocean City next week. Maybe I can keep my mind off of it. I want it to come in, but not while I'm gone
#34 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [archer1]
May 16, 2009 (1:19 am)
hi Archer: did you buy the 2009 or 2010? how was the drive, was it powerful enough or was it too weak? was it rough? I have never driven a hybid. is it similiar to a civic or corolla ? I really like the MPG on this car and the price seems reasonable; i am just concerned about the power and rough drive. also what is the warranty on the hybrid parts such as battery? I heard replacing battery on hybrid are very expensive and wonder what the warranty is on battery? thanks
#35 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [tyler70]
May 16, 2009 (4:50 am)
A hybrid like the Prius is smoother and larger than a Corolla or Civic. The Corolla and Civic are 'torquier' if you step on it but the Prius seems more powerful ( 115,000 mi and counting ).
The ride is more basic than most midsized sedans but somewhat better than the compact cars.
There is no need EVER to replace the hybrid battery....EVER! In both the Toyotas and the Fords these batteries are running upwards of 250,000 to 350,000 miles without replacement. In fact no one has been able to determine when and if they ever wear out. 500,000 mi? 700,000 mi No one has reached those levels yet.
The warranty depends in which state you buy the vehicle and where you live.
#36 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 17, 2009 (1:57 pm)
Your timing couldn't be any better. I looked at numerous dealer sites in the Seattle area and all seem to have a good inventory on hand. I've also been looking in NorCal for the same.
I saw a Belleview Area dealer with 45 - 50 on hand. NorCal is loaded with excess 09's.
Try sending an email to all the dealers within 75 miles and tell them exactly how much you will pay for an 09 Prius.
I've been hitting dealer lots (twice weekly) in the NorCal area for a month. I have never seen more then 3 car buyers at any time during this period. Additonally, I hit Honda, VW and Accura as well since they are all together. The same Prius cars are still unsold with the exception of 1. Cars are sitting, really!
There are far more Prius' sitting on lots, back lot's and on boats in the Long Beach harbor then most people realize.
If I were ready to buy an 09, I'd be offering 21,000 (max) for the package 2. Once the 2010's come out, it will be less. IMO!
If this doesn't work you can alway's go up on your offer. The car will still be there.
Toyota was late in cutting back production on the 09 when (shtf) they profited during the gas hike. They were building and selling during that time.
This is a great (maybe greatest) time to by a Prius!
#37 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [rbk3]
May 17, 2009 (3:24 pm)
that might be the case in North Cal. however, the inventory in the south cal is smaller. I just came back from a Toyota in Garden Grove and they have none of the Prius, and 2010 models are not here yet. she said when the 2010 come, they expect to tell then over the MSRP, or at least non-negotiatble off the MSRP. I wonder if they production will be higher at the end of the year. ?? If they are willing to negotiate off the MSRP, then I will consider but if they are not, I will consider going to another Make. I am thinking about a non-hybrid, Lexus RX 350. It is a very nice case, just the price is apprx 10k higher, but if Prius sells over the MSRP, then they are going to loose my sell.
#38 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [tyler70]
May 18, 2009 (9:38 am)
We are the largest Prius retailer in our region by a 4:1 ratio and we're down to our last five 09 units. The problem here will be lack of inventory.
When the '10s arrive here they are either preordered or will snapped up quickly. The lots here will be devoid of Prius' until Toyota can fill the pipeline with the '10s.
BTW...the first one(s) in NA was delivered to buyers yesterday in the Portland OR area.
#39 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [kdhspyder]
May 19, 2009 (8:30 pm)
can you or anyone tell me if 2010 prius comes in with the Technology package + solar sunroff + navigation package begether ??? I looked on line and it does not seem it comes in that combination. also, i am in southern CA. what is the manufacture warranty on hybrid battery and components?? is it 8yrs/ 100k or 10yrs / 150k ?? some said 100k others said 150k in california. also does anyone know if 2010 comes with wood grain option?
#40 of 1188 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [tyler70]
May 19, 2009 (10:23 pm)
The Prius V can be ordered ...
with no options
with the Navi alone
with the Adv Tech + Navi package
Toyota decided for fuel economy reasons not to offer the Sunroof in the Prius V.
If you are in So Cal then your warranty on the hybrid system is 10 years or 150,000 miles. The 16 other states that follow the CARB rules also have this same warranty. The other states that follow the EPA regs only require 8 yr or 100,000 mile warranties on the hybrid system.
There will be no wood grain option from the factory.