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Toyota Avalon Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • I had been shopping around for Avalon's for several months. The only reason I didn't purchase a 2008 was that traction and stability control wasn't standard equipment, and I didn't find one I wanted that had that option. No problem with 2009 models because they all come standard with that feature. That should tell you something about the importance of that feature. The price you stated is outstanding. The most I got off of sticker for my 2009 XLS was about $3000.00. Best wishes.
  • Mostly what I've read on the internet is that Toyota has no plans to continue the Avalon in 2010. Instead, there is talk about an upscale type of Camry. My Toyota salesman said they were going to continue the Avalon in 2010. Your guess is as good as mine. Best Wishes.
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    An 08 is a model year old & not worth anywhere $29,000. I would think somewhere in the range of 25 K would be more realistic in today's market, especially since Toyota has discontinued the Touring model. There are no significant differences between 08 & 09 models; and a local dealer tells me there will be an all new 10 Avalon in the showrooms in Sept./Oct.

    The current series Avalon is a good car. My 06 XLS has 137,000 miles on it; & I haven't spent a single cent for non scheduled repairs. I'm looking forward to seeing the 10, & will probably buy, based on my experience with the 06.
  • I've been driving my Avalon for a week now and these are my observations.

    1. It is a bigger car. I used to have a Camry. I am having to get used to the bigger car and having to watch it when I pull in to the garage.

    2. Its window view area on the side and rear is very poor. I detached all of the headrests so I can see more clearly out the windows. I am a bit short so that may be the problem too.

    3. I find the driver side side mirror to be in my way when viewing out that side. Again I am on the short side.

    4. Love the car and will keep it 17 years as I did the Camry.
  • carlupicarlupi Posts: 52
    Avalons are currently in short supply. In addition, they have traditionally enjoyed a solid demand and been a good profit item for Toyota. Therefore, they are usually not discounted as much as other Toyota cars. In today's market you would do well if you get around 10% off MSRP. This might change later this year if Toyota introduces a completely new Avalon for 2010.
  • simon7simon7 Posts: 5
    I just took delivery of a 09 Avalon Limited. Had to wait almost 5 weeks from the time that I had placed the order. I did not want one with the Nav system so I had to wait for one to be built. I live in central Illinois and paid $33,600 before tax for a blizzard pearl ext color and matching floor mats. May be I could do better price wise if I went to other dealers and compared price. But I like the dealer which counts for something. So far I am very pleased with the car. As someone pointed out the only thing that I didn't like is the somewhat cheap plastic dash.
  • vivaretrovivaretro Posts: 3
    Hi all,

    I found a deal at this local dealership.

    It's a brand new black 2008 Avalon XLS with 6-CD changer.

    The MSRP is $35,458, but the blow out sale price is $30,287.

    Now, after tax and fees, the total comes to be $32,445

    I found that the invoice price for XLS is $27,829, and if I add CD changer then it would be around $28,500 range.

    So is this a good deal? I mean, considering that this is a 2008 and not 2009 or 2010, I am not sure about the goodness of the deal in comparison to the current market value of 2008's...

    should I take this deal or try to knock off some more bucks?

    I would really appreciate your ideas.

    Thank you!
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    I don't think so. The dealer has a lot of year end rebate & holdback money he's received from Toyota for his 08; & the minute you drive it off the lot it's worth around $22500 - $23,000 Wholesale , the amount you would receive if the car was totalled.
    Too, the 10's will be out in 5-6 months & you'll take another good sized hit on depreciation. In this market I think you should be able to get it for under dealer invoice. Incidentally, I own an 06 XLS with almost 140,000 miles on it without a single repair. They are good cars.
  • vivaretrovivaretro Posts: 3
    bobgwtw, thank you for your message. It's helping me a lot! I think I should be more careful with this deal... If it were 09 model, I would have taken it, but it is an 08! Its value will drop so fast like you mentioned.

    Now, I was looking at 09 models too, and found something disturbing.

    For the same model, let's say 09 Limited with Nav option, edmunds' price is $37,935.

    However, on the dealerships webpag, the same car is listed at $40,295 as MSRP.

    Is this possible? Can they just jack up the MSRP like that? I thought MSRP was set by Toyota.

    Whatever MSRP they have, I can pretty much claim TMV price ($34,642) right?

    Oh my ignornance...
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    What the dealer calls MSRP probably includes a package of overpriced dealer add ons. I'm always going to try to better TMV, & I've usually been able to do it. In this market, if I were you, I'd start at dealer invoice & grudgingly move up from there.
    It really is a buyer's market out there.
  • birdyboybirdyboy Posts: 1
    I got an offer from a MA dealer for a new 2009 Avalon XLS with JBL radio and memory seat options for 29,900. Looks like this is about 700 under invoice which seems like a good deal to me. I'm not in a hurry, is this worth doing now or should I wait until the 10's come out?
  • clarkkentclarkkent Posts: 154
    What is a fair price?

    I'm buying a 2007 SLX with 64K on it. It is Black with light gray leather.

    It has everything but memory seats.

    It has leather, sun roof, ele, heated seats, Trac control, 6, dis. cd, side molding, new tires (50 miles on them.) + all the standard SLX stuff. Climate Control, etc.

    Oil changed every 3K (I have all the records) washed every day. (yes every day) sales person. All highway miles.

    I have never seen a cleaner car with 64K in my life and I have had a lot of cars.

    Not a scratch. Two sets of Toyota floor mats as this sales person put in new Factory mats every year. One set being used, one new. He has already gone through two sets.

    Car is perfect.

    The book says 19K+ price, but I don't think you could get that.

    I know the owner. He is a fanitic about his cars.

    He paid 32K 2 years ago.

    What would be a good price?
  • Been trying to buy an '09 Limited with a sticker price of $36,400 and so far the best quote I have is $33,600 which I don't feel is low enough. I will continue shopping to see if I can better this. I would appreciate any input from others.
  • simon7simon7 Posts: 5
    Did you order one with the Nav system and Laser Cruise Control? If you did and the quote is $33,600, I think it is a good price and below invoice. I ordered one last month without the Nav but with the Laser Cruise and paid the exactly the same price you were quoted. I love my Avalon Limited!
  • The one I am shopping for was a Limited without laser cruise or navigation. So far I am offered about $2,750 off sticker price and I am thinking a better price is possible. I am curious how you like your laser cruise control. All but impossible here to find laser cruise without also buying the navigation.
  • toyofan3toyofan3 Posts: 4
    I have my eye on a few 08 Leftover Avalon touring models. VSC, Sunroof, heated seats. Sticker is a little over 32K. They have been sitting around for over a year...WHY? Anyone have an idea what a dealer would take for these cars? is 25K plus tax, title and registration reasonable?
  • tpalmer1tpalmer1 Posts: 19
    I have an '06 Limited with laser cruise and navigation. I really like the laser cruise. It is a great safety feature on the highway. I wish my other cars had it. It doesn't work in the rain, though. As for the navigation, I really like navigation systems and I would not buy another car without it, either. However, compared to the Honda, it is inferior unless they have improved. You cannot select or change your chosen destination while moving. Still though, I like the navigation system, but this is one shortcoming. It is much better than an aftermarket, though, and you don't have to worry about a factory navigation system being stolen.
  • I've been looking for a new 2008 Touring with stability for some time. Finally found one with the following:Leather, heated seats, stability&trac, carpets&floormats, special paint (Blizard Pearl), moonroof, touring pkg. and wheel locks. Msrp was 33K. Dealer wants 28K + T&T. Deal is straight up with no trade. What do you guys think?
  • toyofan3toyofan3 Posts: 4
    STONEYBROKE. I too have been looking for the exact car in the last 2 weeks.
    found a demo for 28500 with 6 k miles, found several dealers out of state with the same cars, all wanting 28-30K. AND that is with a 750 cash rebate. The NADA book on this car with only 5 miles is only 25K. They will not budge. So as soon as you leave the lot there goes $3,000 bucks. ..they think the touring is so special...It is special, especially as a rental car..Check EBAY. What it is is they are stuck with these cars they have had for 18 months and cant sell and now insisting on getting everything they have into them.
    I am now on to an 09 XLS for under 31K. for $3,000 or less more than the 08, I am getting a brand new 09 with all the same options and the JBL stereo.
  • I bought an '09 XLS last September and paid $30,300 for a $34,700 car. No Nav (didn't want it) no JBL ( would have taken that). I really wish the Avalon's suspension was a little more taut and the car handled better. The tires are not made for spirited driving either. All that said, it's a great car, so says the primary driver (my wife).
  • toyofan3toyofan3 Posts: 4
    What dealer was that and did they have a 1K rebate in May?
  • poleypoley Posts: 6
    We're looking at an 05, 32K miles, loaded. Problem was, we took it for a test drive and within about 20 miles, the check engine light came on along with the VSB light. At one traffic light it lurched when I accelerated from a stop. Upon returning and idling in park, the tac went down about 5K and seemed to want to stall. Any experience with this? Is it costly to fix, or under warranty? Asking price was about $20K. We are concerned because it is Certified - shouldn't they catch and fix this before putting it on the lot?
  • mano3mano3 Posts: 8
    Either run the other way or have them fix it and then take another test drive before making an offer.
  • what would one expect to pay for 2009 Avalon ltd with a MRSP of 36455?

    TDA (700), Dealer holdback (700), and Whsl. Fin. Reserve (400).....this does not appear in EDMOND'S TMV. Dealer discounted 2400.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • carlupicarlupi Posts: 52
    Because there are not a lot of Avalons available now and it appears the model will not change for 2010, you would do well if you get 8-10% off the MSRP.
  • toyotrontoyotron Posts: 4
    Has anyone got a good deal on a 2008 Avalon Touring recently? I saw a couple of dealers around Houston advertising $19900 for those with around 35k miles on them. Is this a good deal? Should I try initial offer of $18000 or is that too low? Thanks in advance.
  • saj2saj2 Posts: 3
    When i was looking for a 2008, in the beginning of this year, i saw a lot for about $24k with less than 30k miles. I ended up buying a '08 Limited with 18k miles for $24500.

    I think $18k would be a good offer to start with.
  • namxleenanamxleena Posts: 9
    No sure how your numbers can help us. Did you buy from a Certified Toyota dealer? Location?
  • toyotrontoyotron Posts: 4
    I haven't made an offer yet. The car is at a dealer and in Houston, TX. Will try to get it by the end of July. I hope I can get a better deal around the end of the month since salesmen try to meet their quota for the month. I don't know if it's true in this case but doesn't hurt to try.
  • namxleenanamxleena Posts: 9
    Thanks for the reply. But I was asking the other other poster that reply your post.
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