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Toyota Avalon Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • baglfbaglf Posts: 3
    I called Toyota of Muskogee. Limited at 91.7% of invoice. I'll get it service in Tulsa.
  • zebra5zebra5 Posts: 44
    Took delivery today in Dallas on an '08 Limited (no navigation). Blizzard pearl unit taken from dealer inventory on lot, with $1468 of distributor and dealer options.

    Mfr. SRP $35,350 (incl destin. & color)
    Options $1,468
    Total Sticker $36,818

    Paid $32,918 + TT&L, no trade-in.

    Also, purchased the 7 yr/75K mile warranty (zero deductible) for $985.
  • Thank you all for your comments. Good advice!! baglf, was that 91.7% of invoice or sticker/MSRP? 91.7% of invoice would be a very good deal. 91.7% of MSRP may be the best we can do around Tulsa area.
  • Today I got a toyata avalon xl for 2008 for $26,746. I wonder if I have paid too much. The good thing is that I did not drive it out of the lot. So I have chance to change the deal.

    So now if the price is too high. If so, can I cancell it. IF I do, can I get charged for the cancelled deal.

    Please help me, I really get nervous and very upset.
  • Hmmm. . .who's your dealer?

    A Dallas dealer told me this afternoon that his invoice price on a 2008 Avalon with NO OPTIONS AT ALL is $31,499 and destination charge is $715.

    So he tells me his total cost is $32,214. He's offering to sell to me for 2% over this, which is $32,858.

    So you paid $60 more than I'm being offered, and you got $1,500 of options! I need to call your dealer.

    (By the way, the guy I'm talking with told me to shop around to--his words--keep him honest. So I'll take him up on that. Is the invoice price he's quoting honest?)
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    How about more specifics on this deal? What is the MSRP of the vehicle (trim level etc)? An Avalon can be had for a lot less than 32,858. You are saying "no options" that to me is an XL and honestly I have never seen one without at least VSC which puts sticker (MSRP) at around 28K. For the price you mention you should easily get an XLS with VSC/heated seats and JBL radio.

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

  • zebra5zebra5 Posts: 44
    Toyota of Dallas.

    Their offer to you may not be that far off what I paid. Judge for yourself what you'd pay for these $1468 of options:
    Distributor (Gulf States Toyota)
    Custom tape stripe $99
    Mud guards $125
    Carpet mat set $199
    Color keyed door edge guards $99
    Vehicle Shield Package $349
    Dealer
    Wheel locks $99
    Window tint $199
    Moon roof wind deflector $299
    Total $1468

    Clearly, most of this is fluff, and the extortion tax you pay for dealing with the Gulf States Cartel. The sales mgr. claimed that the price I paid ($32,918 incl destination) represented his invoice price from GST. Edmunds quotes invoice at much less than that (no TDA or other nonsense, and no cost data on most of the above options); I found it to provide little use to me in my shopping experience.

    I bought this model from this dealer in part because it was the least over-loaded '08 Avalon Limited I could find in stock at the six or seven DFW dealers I shopped. The dealer experience was nice enough.

    What I really wish is that more Avalon owners in Texas would post their prices paid and buying experiences on this forum. GST greatly detracts from the potential transparency of the sale process in its region. And as I have suggested in previous posts, this particular forum greatly suffers from lack of participation. Perhaps the majority of Avalon owners are too comfortable to worry about things like whether they pay a fair price, or too technology-challenged to contribute their insights in an on-line forum such as this.

    PS - Thomas Friedkin, founder of Gulf States Toyota, recently made the Forbes 400 Richest Americans, with a net worth of $1.2 billion. Some of that used to belong to me.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    That group of "add-ons" is absolutely insane. I am so glad that up in the northeast we don't have to deal with that (on Toyotas). My fav is the $299 moonroof deflector you can buy these for 50 - 75 and anyone could install in less than 1/2 hour. My local bodyshop will pinstripe a car for $35. Does every Toyota down there get this "package" what a cash cow!

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

  • 2008 Avalon Limited.

    By "options" I mean things not included in this trim.
  • Checking to see what kind of prices folks are paying for a Avalon XLS with traction and stability, heated seats, moonroof in the Tacoma/Seattle area.

    I live in Tacoma and would prefer here, but haven't been familiar with Tacoma dealers for awhile. No trade in as I can't part with my old Subaru Outback.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    I'm in Tri-Cities and I bought a Limited with VSC, 8-way passenger seat, 5-carpeted floor mats and 2 dealer installed items that they wouldn't remove (mud guards and wind deflector). I paid $33,150 which is around $600 over invoice or $3,800 under MSRP. That includes $660 destination charge and $440 "dealer advertising."
  • Just wanted to thank all the posters. Helped again in my search for a good price on
    an Avalon Ltd. $31,914 +ttl. Options were 8 way power passenger seat, VS, and floor mats.
    Very little back and forth nego. I rejected the dealers first offer and they went with
    basically my counter.

    Wilde Toyota in Milwaukee, WI. I previously did an e-mail only purchase but decided
    to let them have a shot before I did that as the salesman had earned the courtesy.
    I liked the fact that they let me test drive w/o a salesman ride along. Having 22+ yrs.
    Toyota experience, I didn't need a sales talk.
  • tunractunrac Posts: 19
    ... with all the trimmings including Blizzard Pearl Paint. MSRP is $39044.

    Is a price of around $34000 + Tax and Tags good? No trade and brand spanking new car with no miles. OTD cost for this car here in CA would be around $37200.
  • We live an hour away from a Toyota plant that makes the Avalon in KY. I thought that living this close and it being an an in-state transaction would help lower the price. After reading some of the previoius posts, it seems as if the 1st price we were quoted today is a bit too high, even though the dealer claims it to be $200 over his invoice. It's a 2008 XLS(not the ltd) with the following options:
    voice activated DVD Navigation, 6 disc CD and bluetooth
    8 way adjustable power front passenger w/ seat heater
    VSC, TRAC and BA
    Carpet floor mats/trunk mat
    remote engine starter

    Sticker price $37,093
    "$200 over invoice" quote: $33,034

    Any suggestions you can give me on a counter offer to make would be appreciated!
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    kokomo2: Have you tried the Nav Sys and the Remote Start? Both are a JOKE---Nav is totally user UNFRIENDLY and you need to be practically on the car before the Remote Start is effective. Suggest you read past Forums regarding both systems. I had both in my 06 Limited--sold the car--fed up with the quirky tranny that the dealer said was acting normal!! I've driven for over 53 years----i know how a tranny should shift. Over 40 years ago, my buddy had a remote start system--we used to sit in a restaurant, start the car and watch the amazing reactions of people passing by. Go buy a Garmin GPS--better product and over 2/3's less cost! There are plenty of good aftermarket remote starts! Good luck!!!
    Bob
  • booppjbooppj Posts: 1
    I am looking at an XLS as well, but am now weary because of the tranny. :( I am looking at a 2007. Have you heard of issues with those?
  • Picked up my 08 XLS just before the end of December. $1000 below invoice plus they threw in window tinting ($200 value). Awesome buying experience, called their internet department the day before, told them exactly what I wanted and scheduled an appointment. Showed up and bypassed all the salespeople on the lot and they immediately offered the deal (even before I ever saw a car). They had what I wanted and all that was left was the paper work which I think took too long to finish because they were busy (2 hours). Second car I bought from this dealer - the first one I did over the phone and they offered me $1500 below the other dealer in town for the exact same car (they swapped the other dealer for it).

    Centennial Toyota - Las Vegas
  • mdm4mdm4 Posts: 33
    I just purchased a 2008 Avalon Touring from Rockland Toyota (NY State). The buying experience was one of the best that I have had. I paid invoice plus ofcourse the national advertising fee of approximately $500. When it was time to sit with the finance manager there was no hard sell for any extras. He did mention about the extended warranty and quoted me a price of $1,250 but when I showed him a post from this site about a Toyota dealership that was selling them for $617 he offered it to me for $650, which I accepted because he was such a nice guy. I do need advice about the XM radio. I was going to have the dealer install it but after I learned that they mount the antenna on the roof I declined. I am confused because I have seen other Avalons with the antenna mounted next to the third brake light on the back deck. Has anyone had the XM radio installed by an after market retailor like best buy or circuit city or has anyone installed it themselves?
  • I've been looking for an 08' Avalon Touring in SF Bay Area. I've been to several dealers and none of them had them. One dealer said that Toyota doesn't ship that model to N. Calif. Of course, calling Toyota USA was no help. Has anyone bought or seen an 08' Avalon Touring in SF Bay Area?
  • Hi!!

    1st, I'd like to thank all the posters here. This thread is very helpful.

    Just got a 08 Limited, with VSC, passenger power seat and Dynamic Laser Cruise Control (no mats - cheapskates! haha but I got them on ebay for 1/2 price). Out the door $34,800 which includes 6% sales tax. Also got 0 down and 0% financing or 3 years, though I did put a down payment. Up in 355 in MD... hope that helps.

    I love this car, but man, it's deceptive - it's bigger than it looks.

    Shopping went like this: went to 355, they could get the car with a swap, they showed me their "invoice", wanted something between that and msrp. I said no. Spent a day calling other dealers and offering $33,000 out-the-door for exactly the same car. Got one to offer $35,000, called 355 and told them if they beat that by a couple of hundred I would buy there, they accepted. Paperwork took way too long, I think, more than 3.5 hours including all the selling me extra stuff, but nice people all around.
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