Last post on Feb 13, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#15 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [illinoiscentra]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 31, 2010 (9:55 pm)
That's may be because Georgia is part of the Southeast Toyota Distributors, one of two "captive" US Toyota distributors (the other is Gulf States). They have a couple of big processing operations where they add their own options to Toyota vehicles. Since they control so many dealers, they may get first pick of cars.
They do have a bit of a reputation of loading up cars with high margin options of dubious value, but at least they are in stock. (CNN Money)
#16 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [steve_]
Feb 01, 2010 (5:57 am)
"They have a couple of big processing operations where they add their own options to Toyota vehicles"
I learned this about SE Toyota over the weekend. A dealer told me just how "factory" my SR5 leather would be. Unless you buy a Limited, "factory" = "port".
I did a little comparison shopping this weekend at two dealerships a couple of hours away but I think I'm going to return to my original one today. They've quoted me 50 days on a true special factory order- 30 to build it and 20 at sea. I think it's an estimate but by no means a set time frame. I'm prepared to wait closer to 90 days I think, from what I've seen/read/heard.
Of course, I'm also hoping that today is Feb 1 and as a result we'll be able to see further into the future on the incoming inventory!
#17 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [tay528]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 02, 2010 (12:53 am)
I don't know that a port installed option is so bad. If you have a group of employees who install leather or whatever every day, they are going to get pretty good at it. And you still usually get the factory warranty on port installed options.
#18 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [steve_]
Feb 02, 2010 (6:35 am)
I'm inclined to agree- the port is practically a factory in itself.
A debate I'm having now is dealer installed options versus SE Toyota installed options. It begs the question, who would you be able to hold more accountable? SE Toyota appears to be run by the mafia so I'm not sure you would get very far on a complaint with them.
#19 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [tay528]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 02, 2010 (12:30 pm)
lol, they have made a lot of money over the years, but tying them to organized crime is a bit much.
I know that if I lived in Georgia and wanted a Toyota, I'd probably drive up to Chattanooga and compare prices.
#20 of 24 Worry for nothing?
Feb 07, 2010 (1:03 pm)
Am I crazy for being wary about purchasing a Toyota 4Runner since the big Toyota recall happened?? I've driven the new 4Runner, and I liked it alot. I had narrowed it down to the 4Runner and an Acura MDX, and then the big recall/Toyota mess happened. Should I stop worrying?
Feb 07, 2010 (9:48 pm)
FWIW - we are in a similar situation. We rented a 4runner from Dollar over the weekend and really liked it. I am not worried about issues with this truck, and if there are I am confident Toyota will take care of it.
What I am wondering is should I wait to see if there is any kind of post recall fire sale offered by toyota. Would love to see $2-3K off all their cars with 0% for 60 months, or something nice like that.
We are under no pressure to buy, so we can wait to see what may shake out of all this.
BTW, Really liked the 4Runner - very roomy, and with enough get up and go!
#23 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [mcswigum]
Feb 09, 2010 (1:34 pm)
I put 500.00 down on a 2010 4 runner Limited Blue with Sand/Beige interior. Navigation System, Third Row seats,Running Boards, and mats.Then they told me that they could not find one like I wanted so it would take a few weeks. But I kept finding One's I liked on the SouthEast Toyota Site. But then they would say if I only saw the last 4 numbers of the Vin# that they were sold already. Then they told me it could take months before they could find one just the way I wanted because Dealers were not trading with each other. And the 4Runners on the S.E. Toyota Site were (NOT ALL SOLD) And setting at Dealers all over S.E. Toyota . So I called a few Dealers near where I live . Found just what I was looking for with just 3 miles on the odometer. Got my 500.00 back from the first Dealer and bought it at the Dealer that had it. So the Lesson Learned here is to just call all the Dealers you can. Good Luck.
#24 of 24 Re: xtra cash for ordering? [tonycanz]
Feb 13, 2010 (7:16 am)
Sorry this happened to you but happy to hear it worked out in the end. Fear of this exact thing is actually why I backed off from putting a deposit down with a dealer- it seems like it might actually cause a delay in getting the vehicle you want.
This is my first purchase from Toyota and I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed with the shroud of mystery over inventory and what dealership is getting what. Ford is so much clearer. I hate how the SE Toyota website tries to tell you that any vehicle you click on is going to the dealership you prefer and refuses to tell you where it's really going. It's a pretty dirty trick- made worse when the dealerships tell you they can find whatever you want. Funny that then they won't tell you when they find your preferred vehicle at a nearby dealership because said nearby dealership is their arch rival so no trades will be occurring.