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2013 and Earlier - Toyota Camry Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    Does any one know if blind spot monitor is available on 4 cylinder? I assume it is not on the LE. Is this option easily found on SE or Xle, or is it rare to find?
  • $19,179 for new 2012 Camry LE with power seats and floor and trunk mats. No dealer fees or hidden or surprise fees. A great buying experience in Georgia. Just had to pay the sales price and tag, title and sales tax.
  • turealtureal Posts: 4
    edited February 2013
    Just stumbled on this site and it seems as though my deal is not as good as I thought. I'm in Pa and my out the door price is $25741 for an Se 4 cylinder with leather package, convenience package and nav package and the dealer is installing auto starter. Any input would be greatly appreciated as the last 2 cars I have purchased seemed to have been mistakes and I overpaid.

    I was going to go negotiate tomorrow to close the deal.
  • Need many more details on your deal (msrp, sell price, tax rate) to give you guidance. I suggest leasing the 2012 as TFS has crazy low lease terms right now. Plus there is 625 + 500 lease bonus cash til 2/19...
  • turealtureal Posts: 4
    edited February 2013
    Can't lease as I'll be putting 20k + on the car a year. msrp was 28,900 without autostart. I only discussed what I'd be paying in the end which includes all taxes and fees. The dealership is Scranton pa. The tax rate is 6 percent.

    Thank you for your help
  • That's not an intelligent way to buy a car today...
  • Please inform me on the intelligent way then as I dont want to make a mistake again. Idk if you can pm as I don't want to hijack the post.
  • Join Consumer Reports online (the part for new car prices). Low monthly fee - you can unjoin when you buy your car - well worth it!!! You have to log in with your login and password in order to access their special prices. It gives you the wholesale and retail price of EVERY option and package and the dealer holdback and incredible information. When you've selected your car with the options you want, you can ask for a certificate (the system will send you up to three and you are guaranteed a certain dollars savings. In my case I just saved $3,374 on a Subaru Outback Limited with only the options that I want (I own a Camry SE, which was incredibly reliable for the 200,000+ miles/10 yrs that I had it, but I want the rugged, dark windowed, large rubber rugged hatch area car for the next few years). Anyway, Consumer Reports was an incredible find for me, and it is this specific online service where you can look up the prices of - everything! - AND get a guaranteed certificate for savings. The trick is finding a car with only the options that you want. If you find a car on a lot where you want to know what you can get it for, put in the zip code of the dealership (instead of your home, which takes you to many dealerships) and select only those options, and the system will send you a guaranteed savings certificate for that car loaded in that particular way. That totally eliminates any potential game playing coming from claiming that the car you have a certificate for has different options than the car you're looking at, and thus the price is X. Make sure the dealership does not try to add the destination price in again at the end (it is included in the MSRP and invoice prices). I had terrible luck with Toyota dealers this time (as much as I love Toyota). I was GOING to buy a Camry XLE Hybrid, and after shopping a 250 radius in CA and finding lies after outright lies, I went with the Outback. The Subaru dealers are down to earth like their cars - at least more so. I'm reporting a couple of Toyota dealerships to the Better Business Bureau the moment I find the energy to do that (it was just a couple of weeks ago that I gave up on Toyota - but it is partly because I really want that rugged, outdoorsy hatch and versatility for awhile. The Highlander is very nice but it is too dressy for the purpose, so I'm going to take a chance here with a company who seems to have earned my business (though I'll probably come back to Toyota after I have my fling).
  • Awesome, I will join right now. Thanks for the input. I actually considered the crosstrek but liked the idea of all the extras I was getting in the camry.
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    edited February 2013
    REF: 9877
    The Honda Accord forum with over 28000 posts has some excellent buying strategies. Here's a sample post:
    "It seems to me that the real dealers cost of any said vehicle we cant truly determine. We have guidlines that the car industry have set up and those are the rules we play by.
    Car salesman today are on salary. Most make as little as 100 dollars per vehicle sold.
    The formula to buying any vehicle should be started like this:
    1- Find invoice price
    2- Minus dealer hold back
    3-Minus rebates and Incentives
    4- Minus doc fee's
    This is your starting point on buying any vehicle."

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.ef006d2/28454
  • gnartgnart Posts: 36
    You may have found a competitive dealer. PA dealers tend to be more expensive. I worked with another PA buyer in this forum. He shopped and ended up buying from 355 Toyota in MD. The buyer said that PA couldn't compete. I bought a couple of cars from the dealer. My latest was a Camry 2012 XLE. I wished that they still had their maintenance package. They have been changing the oil in my Matrix and rotate tires for over 10 years.. the package more than pay for itself....
  • I paid 24k OTD. 7.25% sales tax & $200 for tags included.

    purchased in western suburbs of Chicago at Lombard Toyota.

    9,300 miles. it was a toyota rental for 3k then the gm loaner.

    very nice dealer, internet sales rep, salesman, all nice people.
  • just negotiated a price for a 2012 Camry SE. list 28,922. Out door for 24,700 in manchester , NH
  • REF: 9883
    That must be some loaded SE! What was the price before TT&L and possible trade? Does it have the CQ package?
  • list for 28922. they started at 25500. has convenience pkg with smart key, navigation, leather, and remote starter. i did have a 2000 trade for a honda accord with 211000 miles.
  • I have been getting a low ball price on my 2011. It's an XLE with a little under 21300 miles. One owner non-smoker showroom ready. Loaded with the in dash navigation system and satellite system. It has the back up camera, push start ignition and dual heated leather seats. Sticker new was $32k. I haven't been able to even find a dealer that would give me at least what the various car valuation sites are saying. I would really appreciate any advise on how to sell my car. I bought it because Toyotas are supposed to hold their value. I'm really disappointed and frustrated at this point. Thanks so much.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,988
    You should post your question on the "REAL WORLD TRADE IN VALUES" thread here on town hall. A member has access to auction values & can pretty much tell you what to expect as a trade offer from a dealer & what a solid asking price would be if you were to sell the car privately.

    Do you have a Camax near you? Take your car to them & see what they offer you. What kind of car are you buying? Take the price of the new car, subtract the price of what you want for the trade, add tax, & DMV fees. Go to the dealer with this OUT THE DOOR OFFER. If they try to bump you up, just say no thanks and walk out. Good luck & keep us posted.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • Thank you nyccarguy. I went to Carmax they were offering 18500. One dealer even went as low as 17 something. I'm not buying another vehicle. Just selling mine outright. I feel they should at least honor what the car valuation sites are saying. I took the average of KBB, NADA etc and came up with an average of 20,591. I was retailing it for 23,900. I know they have to "recondition" the car etc but 18500 is ridiculous for them to wash the car maybe do whatever inspection. Its not an SE or LE. It's an XLE with low miles and absolutely nothing wrong with it.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,988
    Keep in mind that the auction value of the car is really the price. You'll NEVER get "full KBB retail" for it. Even if the car "glows in the dark," the dealer has to mark it up & make a profit. Besides your 2 year old, used, XLE, they've also got brand new 2012 & 2013 LEs & SEs to sell on their lot. So they have to price your car accordingly.

    Also the fact that you are not buying a car from the dealer "hurts you." If you were buying a car from them, they could give you the same money as car max, and a great price on the new car just so they could "punch a sale."

    Check autotrader and see how many 2011 XLEs are for sale within 100 miles of your zip code. You won't be able to sell it for more than a dealer can, but it might be worth your time to sell it privately.

    If car max offered $18,500 for it, then maybe you could get another $500 out of a private seller or if you were trading in.

    Good luck!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • Well if I find someone who wants to buy it for 20 or 21 I will sell. I'm not going to give it to the dealer for 18500 though.
    Thanks for the info.
  • nspattnspatt Posts: 16
    Hi,

    I had an accident and someone rear ended me hard . The car had to be towed and the body shop estimate has a line item that says "Structural realignment - repair pull front and rear" .

    What does that mean ? Does it mean it is structurally damaged and the car loses its value.
    Would it be safe to drive.?

    I appreciate all the advice in advance.
  • mm_soflamm_sofla Posts: 3
    edited February 2013
    I got a 2012 Camry LE + mats + power seats last week for $22075.00 OTD (includes tax, title, tag, registration, full tank of gas) in S.FL. I think it's a reasonable price since the dealers were running out of the 2012 models in the color I wanted (metallic gray).
  • Hello everyone,

    this is my first post and first time car buyer. So i did some research online and able to negotiate the price with some dealers for a 2013 toyota camry se 4cyl for $22500. To my understanding this is just a standard model. After reading around the forum and did some more research on my own, I want to further negotiate the price down to 21800 or even as low as the invoice price. Does anybody have any recommendation on how to deal with sale person and negotiation advices? I will go to the dealer this weekend (in CA), and I know they will try to devour me alive out there since I'm a first time buyer, but I will be strong out there (I promise).

    Again, any advices are greatly appreciate since I rather get blast here than to get rip off at the dealer. I want to be prepare :D
  • try carwoo dot com; it's free for the first vehicle
  • a quick update, i got my car today. it is a 2013 toyota camry se white, with power seat (i believe it comes standard) and car alarm from rockledge or something. out of the door, it was $22800, i thought that i was a good deal. my interest rate is 5.7% 60 months, but I'm going to pay it off withing a year or a year and a half, they said there will be no penalty for early pay off. any comments? I got the car from toyota of orange
  • Hey man, i saw that you got your camry for 22K OTD, you mind explaning to me how, every toyota dealership i end up at gives me their lowest offer at 21,500 + TTL

    let me know whats up
  • hed63hed63 Posts: 6
    I just bought a 2013 Camry SE. After much haggling I got it for $21,100 out the door. This was my first new car purchase ever and was curious to how I done price wise. Thanks
  • trusso69trusso69 Posts: 68
    edited March 2013
    need details to evaluate your deal:
    msrp
    sell price
    tax rate
    fees
    trade?
    your price of 21.1 otd is not realistic!
  • hed63hed63 Posts: 6
    MSRP was $24,800
    I didnt trade or put any money down. Here is how it went: I haggled the night before for a Camry L but couldnt agree and left. I went to another dealership but they didnt have L but offered a LE for 20,900. I asked about SE and could get it for $21,700. The 2nd dealership sale price was $22,900. On the way to get it, the 1st dealership called and wanted to talk. I ask how much SE out the door. He called me back 5 min. later and said 21,100 otd. BUT, when I got there they tried switching dealers and said he didnt know where the 1st dealer got $21,100 but they could not do it. This made me upset since they clearly said that price on the phone. I did get angry and ask why they lie just to get me to come there? Is this how you train your salesmen,etc? I was kinda loud but it was not an act. I told my wife to lets go immediately to 2nd dealership for $21,700 SE offer. The manager stopped us and asked me if I get it for 21,100 would I still leave a good review for them. I was still angry but took the deal. Since you are DOUBTFUL and said it was unrealistic tells me I must have got a good deal.
  • trusso69trusso69 Posts: 68
    most SE's are 24860 when loaded up in the popular way with power seat and mat set. Still waiting for answers to my questions...
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