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2004-2009 Toyota Prius Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • anyone finding a great deal in california around the bay area? wondering if it's worth waiting for the 2010. yeah, i know it's going to cost a bit more, but since i'm not seeing any great deals right now...
  • DolsDols Posts: 1
    A NY dealer offered to take $25k for a 2009 Prius with package #5. That included the recent $500 rebate, but I had to pay docs ($300) and registration ($150). Does anyone know if this is a good deal? Or should I wait for the 2010? Thanks.
  • In a nut shell....It's "GOUGING!!" Look...the paperwork is an angle for the dealer to grab profit under the guise of legit charges. If it were reasonable charges they would be in the range of $100.00 to $150.00....more than fair tack on charges. Some dealers only let you know these inflated charges at the time of closing. Buyer beware. It pays to know.

    P.S. I sold cars for 5 yrs. I know of what I speak.
  • cmyawncmyawn Posts: 36
    Hello All,

    I am in heated negotiations with a local NC dealer on a Prius Touring Model Package 6. He has agreed to price at invoice. He claims a money factor of .00274, which is better than I had hoped, but he claims a residual of only 59% for a 36 month, 12,000 mi/year lease. That seems low.

    I am hoping for a residual of 62 or 63%. What is the official Totota Finance number for a Touring Model package 6 with 36 months, 12,000 mi/year?


  • Someone here probably knows this better than I do, but it seems that each Toyota car is residualized differently and the dealers get the residual number for each car from Toyota. I have also heard that the higher up you go in option packages the lower your residual tends to go. I hope that helps.

    Oh, and for what it's worth in my state (KS/MO) Toyota just yesterday (1.14.09) started a $750 dealer cash incentive with the Prius.
  • cmyawncmyawn Posts: 36
    Gerry10, Many Thanks.

    In looking at the incentives page on, that is also true in NC. So a dealer selling at invoice is still making the $750. Plus holdback. Plus his dealer prep profits.
  • i have an offer for $24100 for the same car (package 5). i'm also in the same boat as you--wondering if prices will come down in the next few months because of the economy, the honda insight, or...
  • ck90211ck90211 Posts: 129
    Sorry my post has nothing to do with new Prius price paid, but just wondering what people think my 07 Prius (pkg 2) w 25K miles and CA HOV sticker would be worth, if I sell it (SoCal or NoCal).

    I hate to even consider selling this car. I love HOV privilege, the free parking (in LA), the mileage, the cleanliness, etc.. But I am also moving to Virgniia where the CA HOV sticker is no longer useful to me.

    So thinking about selling it in CA, then maybe buy another one (or something else) once in VA. Not even sure I am selling it but just wondering what I can sell it for.

    Thanks for any feedback.
  • what color is it? i might take it off your hands for you--easiest sale you ever made huh? haha
  • ck90211ck90211 Posts: 129
    It's silver. I know it's way too common but sure made it easy to stay clean and looking new.
  • let's email--you can find mine under my profile.

  • ck90211ck90211 Posts: 129
    Hey Ralphwiggum, thanks for your interest in my Prius but I decided to keep it for now (it's loaded onto a auto transporter earlier today). This Prius is growing on me, and who knows, I or someone in the family will be back in CA before we know it (and putting the HOV sticker back into good use). Plus I really don't see any replacement for it, other than another Prius, and I rather have the sticker to go with. Thanks anyhow.
  • Seem to be quite a few Priuses in inventory on dealer lots here in Pacific NW. One salesperson said: gas at $2 and recent huge snow pushed people to trucks / SUVs, away from Priuses.

    Is below-invoice or at-invoice OTD reasonable to aim for? I have an MSRP minus $1250 offer in hand (no negotiating -- called, he offered) from one dealer on (Base + Pkg 3) but am likely to shoot for invoice OTD. Thoughts?
  • I am in Seattle and I am also interested in Base + pkg 3. Could you be a little specific about what the invoice price for pkg3 is? Although I saw the invoice price for base model is 20,900 online, I cannot find what the invoice price for pkg 3 is. The lowest price for Base+pkg2 I received from dealers now is 22,500, but I think it could be lower.
  • i believe invoice for package 3 is 22959.

    for a package 2, i'm also getting quotes around 22,500. with the 1000 dealer incentive, i think we should be getting invoice pricing (or below), but so far none of the dealers around me, San Francisco bay area, will go down to invoice.
  • Dols,

    Where did you get this offer? Could I have the dealer name? Thanks.

  • Hi,
    I'm in PA and was considering trading in my Accord for a Prius. Im attracted to a used 2008, base Package #2 with 13,000 miles which has a 100000 mile warranty worth $1400. So here is my dilemma: a dealer is offering a new 2009 at $23234 (inludes the $750 incentive), but the used 2008 is $24389. I cannot understand how they expect to sell a used car for more than the used car. This makes the new car attractive, but shouldn't I get a better price on the used car? Any insight is welcomed. I also understand the 2010 is being introduced in a few months and the price of the 2009 is expected to drop or be sold as a lease car.

    Should I just get the new car or try to deal down the used car?
  • Call me confused: I'm getting "vehicle inquiry report" pricing from dealers that includes the following line-items, all added to get the "invoice price":

    Base price + options + destination charge + TDA + gasoline + dealer holdback + Whsl. Financial Reserve.

    This seems wacky -- aren't holdback and fin. reserve, the last two items, amounts that the manufacturer gives to the dealer to compensate them? I'm thinking those should not be added to get a true invoice cost that the dealer has incurred -- the dealer hasn't paid holdback or fin. reserve, have they?

    Oh, and TDA, which a dealer has explained as a share of national advertising costs -- is that in your experience negotiable?

  • For me, I will definitely get a new one because I can get sales tax exemption in WA but not for an used one. At the same time, that 100,000 mile warranty is standard, which means you also can get it if you buy a new 2009 Prius. I prefer to get a new car, but it is your decision. :P
  • Hello
    I am really surprised at the price you paid. I was just quoted 24800 O T D in Reno Nevada for a 2009 and I thought that was 600 dollars to much. Could this be because you purschasedyour Prius in August when the prices were high?
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