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Toyota Sequoia Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • I actually bought mine in May '03. When I was looking I had a REAL HARD TIME finding the QA package in Limited or SR5 which was what I wanted, as well as no sunroof. When I found the dealer in NC that had 3 Limited's and 1 SR5 with the QA in stock (of course not the color I wanted though)I sent e-mail ASAP. Dealer returned mail and called at 9:30 next AM and was excellent from then on. My next Toyota will come from them again just based on how smooth they handled it.
  • When looking at the lease special, it states that it is for the Model 7920. Options FE, AH, CQ, DR, GY, KE, LF, RL, SR. Does this mean that these options come with the lease deal or that I am able to upgrade to them? Also what does Tier 1 only mean? I would rather ask this here before talking with our dealer. Does anyone know of somewhere good to go on Long Island? Not one has come close to one another and we are getting the run around.
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    I think Tier I is mid Credit Scroe above 680 b/w 3 Credit Bureau reports. Not too sure about it but you can always call finance manager and ask what is Tier I. Also during negotiation they tend to show you lowest score among 3 reports to give you higher APR/Lease rate. Make sure you ask to see all 3 credit reports. By law they should use the middle score b/w highest and lowest. Experian tend to be always higher than transunion and equafax.

     

    Asif
  • sakssaks Posts: 8
    We are in the process of ordering a 2005 Limited 2WD. (We can't find a car with the options & color we want. We live in Houston.)

     MSRP is $46,800. I calculate invoice (according to Edmunds and KBB) to be $40,478 after $750 rebate. We have a dealer offering to sale us this car for $41,429 after rebate ($951 over invoice as calculated on edmunds). Is this close to what everyone else is paying for ordered cars or sale of cars on the lot? Thanks
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    951 $ above invoice or TMV?. If it is above invoice then it is fine since edmunds did not include TDA, MAF, Finance HoldBack etc. That makes to rougly 800-100 $ for 40k SUV. You might be able to negotiate some more since many dealer are letting go 300-400 $ of their hold back. I got 250 $ hold back.

    Have you tried buyatoyota.com, if you order it will take 3-4 months. I think in houston area you can find some what close to your needs.

     

    Asif
  • Did you mention the name of the dealership from NC that you found to be so helpful? I tried browsing though old messages but wasn't able to find it-- would be appreciative of the info.
  • sakssaks Posts: 8
    $951 was above invoice not TMV. I'm familiar with Holdback but not how it's broken down. To be frank, I'm not familiar with TDA,MAF or Finance Holdback. Could you explain what these are and how much they typically would effect a $40K suv. Just to be clear is the range for a $40K suv $800-100 or $800-1000?

     

    Because the holdback is garnished the longer a car remains on the lot it seems we would have a better negotiating posture by ordering one vs buying one off the lot. What do you think?

     

    We have tried buyatoyota.com pretty much for the whole state not just our area. Can't find a white or artic frost with LX Pkg and Nav. We have one on order and the dealer is telling us it will take no longer than 1 month to arrive.

     

    However, the dealer we placed the order with charged us an additional amount for the "Molded Dash Applique". Two days ago we found out this is already included in the LX package. We feel this overcharge was deliberate and would like to deal with someone else we trust. However, last week we put $500 down for him to order the car. At this point how difficult would it be to get our $500 back and go with another dealer that has been more upfront.

     

    Thanks for your help!
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    Sorry for typing mistake 800-100 was 800-1000$.

    The break down is roughly, 1 % Finance Hold Back which comes to 350-400 $ depending on invoice. 300-400$ TDA, 300-400 $ MAF. For Limited Package i think all this would be close to 1000$. TDA is Toyota Dealer Association and all the money goes into a common pool for that Area which they use to give local incentives later on. MAF is what sales region or Manufacturer uses for advertisement etc. You can ask for finance hold back if you are financing through Toyota. Other than that, your 2% MSRP hold back and PIO Hold back would also add up to 1500-1800 $. I guess the dealer has lot of room to give back some holdback, specially for 45 k SUV.

     

    You should talk to your dealer that you will not pay for "Molded Dash Applique" as it is included in LX package. you can always ask dealer to show actual invoice with VIN # of your vehicle and you will get all the cost breakage from there. Many dealers are not hesitant in showing it. In fact this is the best way to find out if he is overcharging you and about hold backs.

     

    In my opinion you will have hard time getting your 500 $ back. you can take quote from some other dealer and see if they can make up your 500 $ loss plus some additional discount.

     

    I had many bitter experiences with several dealers and luckily i found a small dealer (Courvelle Toyota) in Opelousas, Louisiana which i can now trust very much. All i do is ask for actual invoice and negotiate from there. I guess you can try them, if you can afford to travel 230 miles from houston. Email me if you need further details about dealer (name of sales man) etc. I would be glad to help out you guys.

     

    I wish you best of luck in your hunt of limited sequoia, I think the arctic frost pearl is an excellent color and you will not regret your decision to buy this SUV.

     

    Asif
  • sakssaks Posts: 8
    Asif, Thank you for the excellent information. I would like to get the salesmans name from you. Please email me direct. I have a few other questions for you as well if you don't mind.

     

    Thanks Again
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    I have emailed on the address in your profile.

     

    Asif
  • Looking for lease deal on an 05 limited 4wd

    I have gotten quotes that are not even close to each other. I live in Long Island,NY area

    Anyone has any suggestions , I would appreciate it

    Thanks
  • Alloy Wheel Package #2 Includes:17" Alloy

    Wheels w/P265/65R17 Tires,Tow Hitch w/7

    Pin Trailer Wiring Harness,Rear Door Priv

    Glass,150 Amp Alternator,Running Boards

    Convenience Package Includes:Power Heated

    Outside Mirrors,Accessory Meter w/Compass

    Outside Temp.Gauge,Homelink,Trip Computer

    Roof Rack w/Rails JBL AM/FM/Cass/6 CD Chngr w/10 Spkrs. Dr & Fr Pass Seat Mounted Side Airbags,

    First & Second Row Side Curtain,Airbags w/Rollover Sensor & Cut-Off Switch.Front Fog & Driving Lamps.Daytime Running Lights.

    Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof.Ball Mount

    Rear Spoiler.Color Keyed Door Edge Guards

    Fabric Guard.Nightvision Mirror Upgrade

    Keyless Entry.Carpet Floor Mats.Rear Trunk Mat

    Door Sill Protector.Side Signal Mirror Upgrade

    Glass Break Sensor.7 Pin to 4 Pin Converter

    Wheel Locks.Road Hazard Tire Warranty(3 years / 36,000 miles)Roadside Assistance(3 yrs/36,000 Miles Extra Mile Extended Life Tires.(6 years / 100,000 miles)Lusterizing Sealant Sound Shield

    Sealant Cleaner.Rental Car Assistance Custom Tape Stripe.Sunroof Wind Deflector.Leather Interior.

    Msrp $41563 Quote $36898.57 plust TT&L

    is this good price or I can get better deal thank you
  • cjk2cjk2 Posts: 2
    Is there a Toyota Dealership out there that really tries to sell a Sequoia at a fair price, or do they all think they are doing you a favor by selling you this vehicle?

     

     We went to the Frank Fletcher Toyota in Joplin MO. We were on the lot looking at Sequoias for at least ten minutes with no other customers around and no one came to help us.

    We went inside and ask a employee if there was anyone who wants to sell a car, he laughed and said "Yeah, do you know anyone who wants to buy one" and he walked past us with his coffee cup to his desk. We left!

     

      We talked to another dealership in Tulsa, OK.

    They were friendly and ready to help, but the offer they made us was approx. $5000.00 too high according to the figures we got here on Edmunds.

     The attitude was, "This is our price and if you don't want to pay that, you won't get the vehicle."

     

      I don't know how these dealerships sell anything. Unless people are paying way more than they should just because it's a Toyota.

     

      Does anyone know a dealership that really tries to help you get the best price possible and still make a profit?
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    I completely agree that some dealers treat you like they are doing a favor by selling vehicle at MSRP. I guess there are some naive people who keep buying from such dealers. My advice if you can go to Oklahoma city, Try Dub Richardson Toyota in OKC, OK. They were the best dealer i ever came across. At one time they took off all hold backs, i mean all of them just to sell me a latest model camry. I am sure even if they dont want to do that, they will at least sell you one at invoice.

     

    Asif
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    Any particular reason you are taking road hazard, extended warranty, Sound shield etc in this package. This must be adding 700-1200 $ (forgot actual price). This package has lots of dealer margin and actual invoice is very less so dont go for difference from MSRP. I think you can get better deal than this.

    In my opinion the most cost effective and loaded package is with Alloy Wheel package and PM leather package that gives steering wheel mounted audio controls + all other bells and whistles. you cant go wrong with this package. Having that your MSRP would be around 39 k with out of door price including rebate around 34.5k. Since these options does not have lot of margin b/w MSRP and Invoice, it seems you are just saving 4.5 or 5k below MSRP but look at what options you are getting.

    Unfortunately lot of dealers have extra mile option A, B, C. B/c they can make more money by showing greater discounts and earn business.

    I recently bought 2005 SR5 2WD with liquicell leather, sports package, side curtain, JBL10, Side Curtain air bag, etc etc in 34750$ after rebate. MSRP 40034$.

    With Toyota Sales Hub in Houston, you can get any vehicle ordered in very less time. Try buyatoyota.com and locate the vehicle with your options.

     

    Just my 2 cents.

     

    Asif
  • cjk2cjk2 Posts: 2
    Thanks Asif,

     

      I will contact Richardson Toyota and see what they can do.

     

      We are looking for 2005 Limited.

    I was reading some of the horror stories in the problem section here on Edmunds, I sure hope the new ones aren't plagued with problems.

      We have a 2001 that we have never had a problem with, which is why we are wanting to stick with the Sequoia. Wish us luck !
  • Asif, thank you very much for all the information. Any dealer in Houston area that you will recommend for me will be Great, I will try to make deal by end of the February.

    Quote” recently bought 2005 SR5 2WD with liquicell leather, sports package, side curtain, JBL10, Side Curtain air bag, etc etc in 34750$ after rebate. MSRP 40034$” what exactly all the option does your Sequoia come with can you let me know thank you for all your help.

    What do you think about this quote

    Sequoia SR5 2WD, you can purchase for $34,105.35 (including $750 rebate good till 2/28/2005) plus any tax, title and licensing fees

    -Convenience Package Includes: Power Heated Outside Mirrors, Accessory Meter w/Compass Outside Temp. Gauge, Homelink, Trip omputer --Roof Rack w/Rails

    -JBL AM/FM/Cass/6 CD Chngr w/10 Spkrs

    -Dr & Fr Pass Seat Mounted Side Airbags, First & Second Row Side Curtain Airbags w/Rollover Sensor & Cut-Off Switch

    -Front Fog & Driving Lamps

    -Rear Passenger Door Privacy Glass

    -Daytime Running Lights

    -16" Styled Steel Wheels w/P265/70R16 Tires

    -Leather Interior Upgrade Incl:

         Leather Seats / Door Trim

         Liquicell Comfort Technology

         Power Lumbar Support - Passenger

    -Lighted Color Keyed Running Board
  • asif1asif1 Posts: 49
    My 2005 SR5 2WD is exactly same as above +

    --Sports package

    --DVD Pre wire

    --Ball Mount

    --Rear Spoiler

    --Carpet mats/trunk, Door sill protector

     

    The price quoted to you looks good. You can add up invoice for my additional options from edmunds and see where your total adds up to your quote of 34105.35$

     

    I gave back carpet mats/trunk mat and got 160 $ back. kept Door Sill protector which was included in this price. I like All weather mat and bought set of 4 for 60 bucks and used my 2004 4Runner rear rubber mats for Seq 3rd row. Bought a Cargo liner (59$), Cargo net (19$) too.

     

    I really like the liquicell leather as it is more comfortable and looks awesome. My sports package includes tubular running board, rear leveling suspension and front skid plate. Though i was not really looking for this option but the only vehicle matching my other requirements had this one. It is very hard to find PM leather package and I've heard many dealers/buyers prefer new liquicell leather.

     

    And yes the sports package includes running board and 16" styled wheels so you have to weigh in that too when comparing your quote with my purchase.

     

    I would also suggest if you can manage to get 17" Alloy wheel for Seq. As it looks better than 16". Mine is 16" and i am still thinking if i can swap them with 17" some how.

     

    Unfortunately i dont know any dealers in Houston area, though i have spoken to few of them but never had chance to buy from them. Although i have heard good things about houston dealers, since competition is tough most of them usually give good prices right away. My suggestion would be to negotiate on your current quote. Walk in to the dealer and ask him to print you his invoice. He should sell you one at his invoice and try to knock off some hold back. 200-300$ can be taken off if your sales man is reasonable. Even with that they will make 1500-1800$ profit.

     

    Asif
  • thatthat Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    Just want to know if I am right.

    I found out from buyatoyota.com that 4x2 Sequoia SR5 in northen california comes with base model and set of options in Package A and B. You have no choice to juggle around options (until you customize it which takes months). You have to select either one of them.

     

    Thanks in advance for your answers.
  • saks, I am sorry to bother you on this matter but have you made your purchase yet? Or which dealer that you have better luck with. We in the process to find out who's got the best deal and try to purchase one also. Thank you for your reply in advance.
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