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Toyota Avalon Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • rhhollinrhhollin Posts: 1
    Any further news on the possibility of a new touch screen Nav system on the 2007? I am negotiating on a new 2006 Limited but would hold off if the 2007 will fix the often reported issues with the Nav system. Was there any mention if Toyota will allow the passenger to make changes to the nav system while the vehicle is moving? My four year old Honda Odyssey has both these features and would hate to buy a vehicle in the Avalon class with less.
  • smithmasasmithmasa Posts: 12
    Where is the dealer located?
  • smithmasasmithmasa Posts: 12
    Where is Thomas Toyota located?
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    Thomas Toyota is in Joliet
  • smithmasasmithmasa Posts: 12
    What options did your 06 Avalon XL have on it?
  • altatedaltated Posts: 1
    Melody Toyota is in San Bruno,CA,not Thomas Toyota. Did smith1 buy from illinois?
  • neil5neil5 Posts: 118
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  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    billd3: Call Toyota of Greenfield--Greenfield, Massachusetts--I'm glad I did---saved $505 for a 6yr 75K Mile Plan--dealer wanted $1,200--paid $695--7 Yr 100K Mile--dealer $1,650--Greenfield---$995 or $990---save some $$$ or get your dealer to meet the price!!
    Bob
  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84
    I received 2 of those keyless transmitter fobs (each has a removeable door key built into the device) when I picked up my Limited recently, and no other keys or key cards. Is that "standard issue" or did any Limited owners receive anything else besides those 2 transmitter units? (I know it's a keyless entry system, but I noticed that the AutoChannel website, in listing the Avalon's features & specs, mentions that there's a key-card too.) Is the key-card only for the other Avalon trims (XL, Touring, XLS) that don't have the keyless entry feature?
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    gohawaiian: In the end of one of the "key fobs" is a key---that's all I got from the dealr also--2 key fobs. I'm going tomorrow for oil change and I'll ask about a "key card" and report back for all.
    Bob
  • billd3billd3 Posts: 3
    BobWiley:

    Thanks for the info. I called Toyota of Greenfield Mass. 7yr/100k for $990 instead of $1650 which local dealer wanted. After local dealer finance manager said his "cost" was $1250 (at the time of sale), I decided he was being "less than truthful" and I wasn't going to give him the opportunity to meet Greenfield's price. I value someone being a straightshooter from the gitgo and I don't think he was. The guy at Greenfield was a delight to deal with, no BS, sent him the copy of the registration with the VIN a statement of mileage and he called me. Gave him Credit card info and I got the paperwork in the mail. He said he does about 150 warranties a month and wants more. So anyone with a new Toyota, Lexus or Scion should contact him.

    Bill
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Bill-----you're right--it was sooooooo easy and within 10 days I had my replacement warranty in hand! I'm like you, deal with me straight--no BS! I know Greenfield Toyota is GLAD to have the business!! Can't understand why any dealer wouldn't want to "match" their price, especially if they know you're going to buy it anyway. Ya know Greenfield is making $$$ on the deal and probably great incentives with their volume!!
  • sassykatsassykat Posts: 6
    I am patiently awaiting the arrival of the 07 avalons to come in. I have heard that if you wind up paying the sticker price for your OTD price (Including TT&L and all fees) that this would actually be a good deal? Is this true or is someone pulling my leg?
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    In most parts of the country you should be able to buy an Avalon for close to invoice. Adding in TTL and fees that is still well under the sticker price. If you pay sticker OTD you are giving the dealer over $1000 more. Some people might call that a good deal, but I wouldn't.

    It's a dumb formula anyway, since sales tax varies by state and Toyota's regional fees vary by region. And it doesn't take into account any incentives that might be in effect.
  • smithmasasmithmasa Posts: 12
    I live in Idaho and am looking for an XL with VSC.

    Does anyone know of any dealers in the west that are selling the Avalon's close to invoice price?

    I have submitted a request for pricing to several on-line companies but have not had any replies. Anyone know of a successfull company to work with?

    When will we be able to order a 2007?

    Can you order an XL with VSC or do you have to take what you can get?
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    Forget the online buying services. When you are READY TO BUY, email a quote request to the internet sales manager of every dealership you would be willing to drive to to pick up a vehicle (you can get the email addresses from the dealer websites) requesting their best price on an XL with VSC, specifying the acceptable color(s) and any other options you want. The request email should make it clear that you are a "live wire", you are soliciting bids from multiple dealers, and you will buy from whoever gives you the best price OFF THE BAT on a car that meets your specifications. You will get your best pricing this way. You can execute the entire transaction without ever going to the dealership except to pick up the car, so don't be afraid to "cast a wide net" and solicit bids from dealers a long way away -- it could save you a lot of money.

    In my area (Chicago) many of the XL's have VSC, it shouldn't be hard to find unless you are really picky on colors.
  • Yes, just the two key fobs with the removable "valet key." When I asked my salesperson if it came with a Valet Key, she had no idea what a valet key was. I had to explain its usage. Then, after looking at the fob, I pressed the release button, and, VOILA, the skeleton valet key appeared. Here's a very cheap improvement for the fob. Add a ring to the opposite side of the fob. This way, when you hand your fob to a valet, they can use the ring to hang it on a key board. If you think of the best way to use this keyless system in real life, you would attach a house key or other keys to the ring around the eye of the valet key. You use the valet key to lock the glove compartment and trunk (the glove compartment is where many identity thefts take place as they have your name and personal information on the registration). Then, simply remove the valet and personal keys from the fob and walk away. The fob will be used to enter the car, get it started, but not grant access to the box and trunk. DUH? Why didn't the great Toyota minds think of that? It seems like at Toyota, the inmates are running the asylum!
  • oilcan2oilcan2 Posts: 120
    Ordered 06 ltd from Arlington Toyota in Ill. for 31,664.00,
    with VSC.
  • mefoghornmefoghorn Posts: 12
    I am looking to buy a White XL with leather seats and a power moonroof. Also, it seems that all inventory has the 6-CD changer even though a single-CD is all I want. What is the invoice for this? Does anyone have a recent price on this configuration. I'm in Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    The XL isn't available with Leather. You may find it as a dealer option, but with the added cost you would just be better off moving up to the Touring or XLS which has leather standard

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • mefoghornmefoghorn Posts: 12
    Not true. There are XL's with leather option. It is a port-installed option. And it's another $1500 or more on top of the leather option cost to jump up to an XLS.
  • sassykatsassykat Posts: 6
    To get the options that I want on the 07 avalon I will probably have to do a special order from the factory. By doing so will I lose out on getting $$$ off of the MSRP?
    Should I go through the fleet department or internet department of my local dealership? Or is there a better way?
    Thanks.
  • oilcan2oilcan2 Posts: 120
    Check to see if your dealer even has a internet dept.,unless
    you want the features on a 07 that cannot be had on a 06
    I would buy a 06 ,you will get a better price.
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    The vast majority of dealers now have internet sales departments. That is the best way to get the best price, as long as you haven't had previous dealings with a floor salesperson at the dealership. I recommend sending a "request for bid" email to the internet sales manager of every dealership you are willing to drive to to pick up your car. Specify the exact features you want and ask the dealer to provide their best price. Let them know you are soliciting multiple bids and will go with the best price you get.

    There is no such thing as "special ordering" a Toyota in the way you order a Chevy or Ford. The Toyota factory does not build cars on order from specific customers. What you can do is ask a dealer to "preference" a car with your desired options, this means they attempt to get that vehicle inserted into the stream of vehicles designated to be built, or trade another dealer for it. But, Toyota doesn't build every possible combination of options, and different regions get different combinations. And it can take months for a preferenced vehicle to get built if it is an unusual combination of options.
  • rjrnyrjrny Posts: 1
    Please explain how you added a ring to the fob. Very poor design if you ask me.
  • fuzzymanfuzzyman Posts: 5
    Greetings All,

    I just paid $31,700 for a 2006 Avalon Limited from Boch Toyota. It had Remote Start, VSC, Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, Floor Mats, & Wheel Locks.

    As for experience, the ABSOLUTE WORST experience I have ever had purchasing a vehicle.

    I had pre-negotiated the sales price with an Internet Sales Consultant, so assumed I just had to go in, sign the paperwork, and leave. Well, that was until I got there and found the color on the car was not the one I requested (can you say bait-n-switch). I did end up purchasing another vehicle with similar features, but had to endure a 3 hour marathon that included a change of salesperson (to a sales manager), a 25 minute wait where noone was communicating with me (the sales manager comes over and asks if I am all set, I said: You tell me, you're the last person I talked to, 25 minutes ago). All of this happens with a 3 month old and a 2 1/2 year old.

    Of course I never would have brought the kids if I knew I was going to go through the ENTIRE sales process over again.

    To top it all off, this place was an hour drive from home.

    That was Thursday, I still do not have my car because they have to drive the car to NH to witness the registration. I was told Friday they would contact me today to tell me what time today they could get the car up there. I have three calls into them, and am still waiting to hear back.

    Oh, the joy of dealing with Boch Toyota.

    Just thought I would pass this along in case anyone was thinking of purchasing there. . .
  • frankrom22frankrom22 Posts: 14
    Thanks for the info.

    By the way what was that the OTD price? In addition, what was the MSRP on the care you purchased?

    I am trying to find a standard 2006 Avalon XLS in the Atlanta area and I am trying to figure out what OTD price I should offer the dealer (7% sales tax).

    Thanks again,
    Frank
  • fuzzymanfuzzyman Posts: 5
    Hi Frank,

    NH does not have sales tax, so the OTD price was just $31,700 + $298 doc fee = ~$32k

    Had the car delivered yesterday. . .smooth, comfortable ride.

    Regards,

    John
  • fadilfadil Posts: 21
    How much am I supossed to pay for base XL without any option?
    Thank you! :)
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    fadil: Dealer cost is $26,775 + $580 Shipping or $27,355. Remember--the dealer gets 3% Holdaback from the MSRP of $27775 or $803. Total invoice for an XL--NO Options is $24,501 including the $580 Shipping. So, if the dealer sold you the car for invoice, he still makes $803 because of the holdback. I saw an XL advertised at St Louis dealer going for $25,099--MSRP was $27,554--it had the $199 Carpet Mat Set--so, with the MSRP of 27,554 less the $580 shipping--the MSRP is $26,974 & with the 3% Holdback--the dealer makes $809. The Carpet Mat Set costs the dealer $126. I'd shoot for paying invoice or $24,501--remember, dealer still makes $809 on the 3% Holdback--start at INVOICE. Not sure where you live---but--get quotes from as many dealers as possible. You'll notice if you check their inventories, you'll "In Stock" and "Available"---print out the "Available Listing"--if the dealers are in the same area--the Available Listing will be identical!! Play them against each other!! Your problem might be getting the color you want. Remember--the dealer "holds" the Holdback as sacred $$$$--so hang tough!!! Good luck and let us know what ya paid!!
    Bob
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