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Toyota RAV4 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • berry1berry1 Posts: 1
    I bought a "program" vehicle from a Toyota dealership. They made a couple of claims that I'll share later. But here are my two questions.

    1) Does EVERY factory installed Toyota keyless entry have the Toyota logo on it?

    2) Everyone go check their tires. What BRAND of tires comes on a RAV4?

    Answers to these two questions will help me trememdously. Thanks.
  • darius11darius11 Posts: 1
    Hi Everyone,

    On the advice of this forum, we checked out DarCars in Silver Spring and noticed an attractive Internet price. We called the dealer and asked if they honored KBB prices on trade in's, and the salesperson said they would, and to come down to make a deal. So, on the spur of the moment, we were off on a 4 hour (each way) trip.

    When we arrived, however, they brought up the KBB value right in front of us and said they couldn't offer us that much, and offered us HALF of the value. HALF! They wouldn't even come close to honoring the price on KBB for a downgraded condition. I think they were trying to take advantage of the fact that we drove 4 hours and didn't think we would want to drive home in our old car.

    Again, this was after we were TOTALLY led to believe that the KBB value would be honored. The excuse was that the mileage was too high (84,000) on the car for them to sell - a FACT THAT WE TOLD THE SALESPERSON OVER THE PHONE BEFORE MAKING THE TRIP!

    We were very disappointed and I figured it was worth noting on this forum (since I found out about them here) that if you are planning on making a trade, don't count on getting anywhere close to what they tell you over the phone, and be prepared to drive home in your old car!


  • abiesabies Posts: 4
    My friend sold his car to Camax, and bought a car from Darcars. Trade-in is another deal. I will never make two deals at once. You should have visited carmax before going to the silver spring darcars. Carmax gives a written offer, which is good for 7 days or 300 miles. I think Carmax is located in 10 miles from silver spring toyota. I don't like the Silver Spring Toyota because a dealer lied to me about a car, but I think almost dealers tell lies. Even if I bought a car from 355 toyota in Rockville, I didn't believe them.

    One tip for a better deal:
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    The 2005 RAV4 pricing will increase by $300 for both the two-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions. The base RAV4 will start at $19,615
  • Has anyone recently purchased a 2005 Rav4 2wd? If so, what was your price before TT&L. What was your drive out price?

    I am looking for a 2005 Rav4 automatic, 2wd,...and it seems that dealers in the Dallas, Texas area are asking for prices much higher than what Edmunds indicate.

    The lowest qoute I got was $20,000 before TT&L (basic Rav4 with keyless entry & no other options).

  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060 what price they will get for you!!
  • tamyra2tamyra2 Posts: 4
    I'm located in southern California and recently purchased a RAV4 2wd automatic in everglade metallic. Optional equipment include roof rack with center rails and carpet floor mats/cargo mat.

    MSRP: 20,771
    Invoice according to the dealership: 19,410
    Price I got it for: $19614, however when I went to the finance dept. I got the antitheft device (includes keyless entry) for $495 which I regret because I checked the price of this option on and it was only $264.
    Total price out the door not including TT&L: $20,109

    The dealership was first offering me supposedly their Costco price which was $19,911 and I said that price was too high. After some heated discussion, price went down to $19,614. I still don't feel satisfied with the price I paid, I feel I could have gotten a better deal. This was my first time purchasing a car so I take this as an experience to learn from.

    Is this a good or bad deal? Please comment and share your opinions. Thanks.
  • boatsboats Posts: 19
    You got the CarsDirect price - its probably OK... other areas of the country have rebates - we aren't getting any here in So. Cal. Have you noticed there aren't any on sale in the paper? I think stock is probably running low (just a guess). You did GREAT for your first purchase! Don't feel discouraged!
  • tamyra2tamyra2 Posts: 4
    I don't see any ads for a RAV4 in the newspaper. They're very rare in So.Cal. There was a rebate for recent college grads, but I think the requirement is that you have to finance through Toyota. Anybody have more info on this? Is the college grad rebate from the manufacturer or dealer?
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    College grad program is through Toyota Financial Services. You have to finance a portion of the purchase through TFS. You have to have graduated within the last 24 months or will be graduating within the next 6 months. You must have proof of current income or proof of imminent income (acceptance/hire letter from employer). You can not have any negative credit history. There can be no exceptions for ANY of these requirements. If you don't necessarily want to finance with TFS, that's fine, set the loan up through them and when you get your first statement, just pay the loan balance off then.

    Hope this clarifies things.

  • tamyra2tamyra2 Posts: 4
    Thanks for the info Ken. I graduated from college within the last 24 months, however I didn't want to finance through TFS because the rate they were offering me was 8%. So I financed through my credit union at 2.9% for 36 months. I didn't think of initially financing with TFS and then refinancing.
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    You're welcome. When did you purchase your vehicle. If it was in the last day or two, they may still be able to set that up for you. I'm sure you're going to enjoy the new RAV regardless.

  • tamyra2tamyra2 Posts: 4
    I purchased it last Saturday, July 23rd. However, just today I signed the loan paperwork at my credit union and received check to give to dealer.
  • debora2debora2 Posts: 3
    I am getting worse quotes in the Atlanta area-higher than Edmunds.
    I am asking for 2005 Rav 4 with roof rack, and hitch only-no packages and getting between 20,900 and 21,600. Also, they told me the JBL speakers don't really exist and the salesperson would not come down. Out of frustration I added the "L"
    package without leather and got quotes for over 23,000. I have walked out of two negotiations. Anybody with experience in the South?
  • I have never seen a RAV4 with a hitch. I did not think they had any towing ability. Maybe if it's a 2 wheel drive, but those prices seem very high for a 2 wheel drive. I have seen advertising for 2 wheel drive for as low as $17,500 in NYC area. Try and check out their weekly ad.
  • boatsboats Posts: 19
    I think its rated for towing at around 1500 lbs - so you could tow a motorcycle trailer or something small like that... Anybody have any ideas what I should offer for a 4WD with keyless entry, roof rack, privacy glass and alarm? I've got such divergent figures - most notably, the Toyota website vs. the car's window sticker... Edmunds reflects the website figures (and, CarsDirect too, I think)... Window stickers are running about $600 more! YIKES!
  • debora2debora2 Posts: 3
    The hitch is mostly for adding a unit to hold bikes. But thank you, I will look on the website
  • debora2debora2 Posts: 3
    If you get any good figures let me know!!!
  • boatsboats Posts: 19
    I did actually figure out where the difference in price was - $900 wheels! I don't know why I didn't notice it, but I didn't. I'm hoping because they fall in the realm of "accessory", I can get the dealer to switch them out for the standard wheels... Deducting that, the price seems more reasonable with the invoice price - including floor mats - at $20,621. I wonder if anybody gets below invoice in So. Cal.? I sure could use it! :shades:
  • boatsboats Posts: 19
    try - it seems like they have hitches for just about any kind of car (brother bought one for his Camry there recently)
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    I got a message from a dealer saying that there's a $500 cash back through the end of August. Combine that with the $300 price hike on the 1st and most quotes should be about $200 less than last month or $500 if the car that stickered with last month's MSRP.
  • boatsboats Posts: 19
    I've decided on a Mazda 6 wagon instead of the RAV4, but I did find that Longo Toyota (So Cal) was very good about providing online quotes and the prices were quite good - not fire sale prices, but good selection and a price I would have been willing to pay... also can't find any complaints about the dealership - amazing for a Toyota dealership! (it is a world of difference with most of the Mazda dealers - significantly less crazy)
  • slr9589slr9589 Posts: 121
    i bought 5 spd,2wd,everglade green in the houston,tx area for 18, was a bare bones model and only came with rugs and storage shield..
    i love the car and had driven CRV,Scion XB,Element, and Equinox...the most features for the buck was hands down the RAV4.
    I traded out of a GMC sierra 1500 hd,crrew cab ...
  • I have a few new 2005 RAV4s that need a good home. I am overstocked and need to move them. I will sell them for $1 over dealer invoice and I have $1000 rebate on them until 8-31-05. These RAV4s are in central Illinois. They are equipped with the following optional equipment: Keyless entry (KE), Roof Rack w/Crossbars (DR), Removable Tonneau Cover (CD), Front and Rear Mudguards (MG), Daytime Running Lights (RL), Carpet Floor Mats/Cargo Mat (CF), and Cargo Net (GN). These are 4wd RAVs

    MSRP on these RAV's $22,640. I am selling them for $19,891 with the rebate applied.

    I have one in black and one in blue that I will sell for this price. Email me if you are interested.
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    When did the rebate go from $500 to $1000?
  • raywrayw Posts: 9
  • Where are you in Central Illonois? How far is it from St. Louis? I am interested in RAV4.
  • Both are automatics. We are about a 3 1/2 hr drive from St. Louis. We are 10 minutes from Peoria.
  • Rebate is $750 for a 2wd and $1000 for a 4wd. The rebate on the 2wd was $500 last month it just went to $750.
  • The rebate can vary from one part of the country to another. Toyota bases the rebates on day's supply of inventory in each region on the country. Regions with a higher day's supply of inventory will have a larger rebate to help move more vehicles.
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