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Toyota RAV4 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Here we go - I PAID for the Consumer information regarding the 2009 RAV4!

    MSRP Base = 21,500 (add $745 destination charge) TOTAL = $22,245
    DEALER PAID = $20,848

    Consumer information said to start negotiating @ $20,418 - I'd say you got one heck of a deal! Right now $500 cash back offer but keep in mind - I quoted only BASE - there are 6 LEVELS of this vehicle - Base being cheapest - the others are as follows:

    Sport $23,955 MSRP; $22,437 Dealer invoice (sug. start price $21,973)
    Base V6 $24,280; $22,748, $22,277
    Limited: $25,235; $23,641, $23,151
    Limted V6: $27,155, $25,438, $24,910
    Keep in mind - There are dealer holdbacks ranging from $430 - $528 included in the sug. start price for negotiating and I did add in the destination charge on all above $745).

    Also keep in mind - you'll NEVER find a base model. They all have something added to them. The QV Base L4 Extra Value Package is $108/$120 and includes 17' alloy wheels, roof rack, privacy glass but I did notice some OR in the literature also has daytime running lights and I think car mats. It can all be very confusing when it comes down to the actual price of these.

    Good luck!
  • I read online somewhere to avoid the 3rd row seating - uncomfortable and not user friendly - but I do not know this from personal experience.
  • praravprarav Posts: 2
    Hi All,
    I am member here for few months but writing first time.

    Someone has asked almost the same Question here before I think. But I am asking again.

    Ok here is what the details are..
    I want to know if it is a good deal or not???

    2008 AWD I-4 Fully Loaded
    -Daytime running lights
    -Floor mats
    -Leather seats
    -Heated front seats
    -JBL premium sound w/6 disk in dash CD changer
    MSRP: $29,169
    Invoice: $26185

    I am in 6% Tax state
    Tag Tax is around $225
    Processing Fee $100

    this is what I am getting

    Price: $23,938.00
    Tax: $1,436.28
    Tag Title and Fee: $325.00
    OUT OF DOOR: $25,699.28

    So the invoice is $26185
    and I am offered: $23940

    The color is not one my fav. but I dont hate it either...

    What do you guys think?
    Should I go for it or bargain more??
    How much more should I ask them to reduce?

  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    I bought my car at Penn Toyota of Long Island.

    You can Google them.

    Stay away from the woman salesperson is all I can say.

    Try any of the guys as I am not allowed to give out names or phone numbers . Sorry no PM possibilty?

    Contact them By email and if you get the woman refuse to do business with her. Ask for sales manager or someone over her, to get another salesperson . I had a problem with her being very pushy and the sales manager asked me if I wanted to change salesperson when he saw I was going to walk out .

    I feel certain that if you have a resonable price , and they have the car in stock you will be able to do business with them, as long as you stay away from the Witch ! LOL

    The sales manager came down $500 in price , from what the Witch said was his absolutely best offer. Talk to him directly if you can

    Let us know
  • Turn the headrest around - you'll find it more comfortable.
    The dealer did that right off before I test-drove it when I said something about how uncomfortable the headrest was.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,618
    I've seen that a lot, lately... On a Tiguan in my parking lot, specifically...

    But, I'd be worried about the headrest working as intended..

    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • Thanks. I pass by Penn Toyota on Northern Blvd. everyday on the way to work.
    Still trying (without success) how to PM on this site. Clueless over here - can't find the button. Stay away from "the witch" - - - - - - - trying to find out who you used (salesman) as I see you can't post names. Can you PM me the info - perhaps it will pop up - somewhere when I log onto and sign in. Thanks (what a pain).
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    I had posted the name and number of my saleman and I received a notification from the site that that was against their rules.

    Are you a member or forum ? I joined them and get a lot of info there. My name there is RAV4ATHENS in case you are a member . If you are a member there you can PM me .

    If we can not figure out a way to communicate legally , I would suggest you go into the USED car dept any day aside from Tues And Thurs and Holler out NO PROBLEM , NO PROBLEM or listen for an asian salesmen who is always saying that.
    Tell him you are a friend of the guy who bought the Black Rav4 3 weeks ago from him .
    I just spoke to him and told him to be aware of someone maybe in next few days
  • praravprarav Posts: 2
    No replies?? :(
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    IMHO its tough to give an opinion on a 2008. Its very subjective and difficult to compare apples to oranges for me at least .
    Good Luck whatever you decide
  • Hi, I'm a first time car buyer. I'm interested in Rav4 Base. I've got a quote for 2009 from a dealer (the precise price including documentary fee, taxes, license/fees): $23,912.

    The salesman mentioned he's giving me this price based on Invoice + $100. I feel like this shouldn't be right, because invoice price is $21500, with marketing support from manufacturer ($1000), and I'm in a 7% tax region, this seems way too much to me. What should be a good deal for 2009 Rav4 (the precise price)?

    I also noticed there're some new 2008 Rav4 Base in the lot, and it's 0% financing for 36 months. The invoice price for 2008 Rav4 is $19,888 (even though there's no marketing support with it). Any recommendation for the 2008 Rav4 precise price?

    Just curious: Are we supposed to pay advertisement fee (That's included in the selling price)? or is it extra profit for dealership? What kind of fee should I avoid? Any other tips with negotiating prices?

    Thanks and hope you all have a great weekend!
  • The quote you posted is pretty close to $100 over invoice with the added tax and fees. You may be able to get the 2008 for a little under invoice if you are patient and persistent.

    We got a great deal at a dealership in Morristown, NJ for a 2008 Limited. On paper, we got the vehicle for just a bit under invoice but they overvalued our trade-in by $2000 more than our mechanic said it was worth in it's current state. We never proposed trading in but we weren't getting our desired price on the 2009 and were ready to walk when the salesman brought up the '08 model and then returned with our price including the trade-in. They checked out the old car so I'm fairly sure they priced the trade-in to make the numbers look good on paper and still give us our price.

    I would advise deciding on an out-the-door price and start lower to allow room for negotiation. Try and work with an older (read- experienced) sales person as I often find the younger guys more intent on making their nut and less likely to come down in price in order to make the sale. Let the salesman work out the details and don't get caught up in a discussion about any particular fee. As long as your final price works out, you'll be satisfied. Keep it pleasant but be prepared to walk away. Good luck
  • judienjudien Posts: 12
    I'm in south california. I just got an offer for 09 RAV4 BASE 2WD 4 cyl. for $20400. The dealer also offers me 6.55% APR for 60 month. Is it a good deal for this car?
  • bp1668bp1668 Posts: 2
    hi judien,

    does your price include the $500 rebate? also, does your base model include 3rd row seating option?
  • judienjudien Posts: 12
    Yes, the $500 rebate is inclusive. The price is for base model with standard equipment, which doesn't include 3rd row seating option. So, how do you think this offer?
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    Did that price include the destination charge? If so that sounds like a good price. In my area the base model runs about $20,980.
  • funguy123funguy123 Posts: 92

    I am looking for Black (with ash interior) LTD V4 RAV4 (either 4X4 or 2X4) but I can't find it within 200 miles of where i live.

    I did found bunch of Black but they all have lite color interior. I have kids so i look for dark interior.

    Is that too much to ask?
  • I got a quote for 2008 RAV 4 Base model (including tax and everything):
    $23900 with 0%APR financing
    Does it sound right or will I pay too much with this amount?
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    I will repeat my earlier comment. It is very subjective what a 2008 car is worth IMHO .
    There is a newer 2.5 Liter engine in the 2009 model and who can put a price on having a year older car, with a significant mechanical change to it.

    My crystal ball is broken on this one
  • fitmissfitmiss Posts: 12
    Is it 0%APR financing because it is a 2008 or is that a special Toyota is running at the present time?
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