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2004-2009 Toyota Prius Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • dyuandyuan Posts: 2
    Can you provide the dealer and sales person name, so we can also go to him/her for this nice deal. I think you got a very reasonable price for this car.

  • 2008 Prius - Touring with Package 6.
    7 year/100K mile extended warranty
    Prepaid every standard service up to 50K miles.

    OTD price 31.5K (8.25% tax for the county that I live in).

    I emailed a bunch of deals but this is the best I could find. I think it is a fair deal, not great but fair.

    Good luck everyone, I hope this helps others.
  • Taking advantage of the sales rush on the last day of the year, yesterday I bought a Silver Pine Mica Prius with Package #6 (navigation, etc., leather) for $25,700, just below the Invoice Price listed on Edmunds for this car. The only addition to this price was state sales tax at 5%.

    I shopped around Saturday and yesterday and the best I could do other than this price was $25,900, which another dealer claimed was invoice. In the end, the dealer I bought from is 15 miles closer to home, so it was more convenient as well as a better price.

    For the frosting on my Prius cake, the dealer offered me financing a quarter point below what I could get from my credit union.

    All in all, a fairly painless and rewarding experience.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    Can you please tell us the city and state where you got this deal? Yours was really a rewarding experience. Mine has been and still is a nightmare. I am still looking for a price similar to yours.
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    This is NOT an Extended Service 'bash', and for those that bought this, I'm sure you will sleep better at night - but watch out on these - if you look at what the extended service contracts covers - that is A LOT of things that are labeled as "inspect" - I pointed out to my dealer, all I'm really paying for is a tire rotation and oil change - which the manual indicates you can have done yourself and just keep a record of it. Your warranty will cover anything that goes wrong - so my only point here is, if you must have it, negotiate like a mad-man on this.. it's a huge money maker for the dealer.

  • pt95148pt95148 Posts: 17
    It's Walnut Creek Toyota.

    You can find them on the website and Locate Dealer.
    I think you cannot disclose salesperson name on this forum but it is the Internet sales manager, a lady whose first name starts with a K.
    I started by sending them an email and this lady answered.

    Good luck.
  • I think I got a good deal. On friday, Dec. 28th I went to 355 Toyota in Rockville, MD. I had accessed their internet site the previous day. I had asked for a price quote via direct email.and received a price at least $1200 lower than any other dealer I had visited. I called to be sure this was true and was assured so. I did want a red Prius, but they said they did not have one in stock at any of their three dealerships with the package 5. I came in looking to buy one they had, but after speaking with the internet manager, he said he would try to find one in the area, but he cautioned me that trading cars this late in the month was difficult. He was able to find one in Virginia, about 30 miles away that just arrived and they would trade with them. The sticker price was 28,464 which included the CF mats for 199. Then 2,000 was subtracted for the extra value package(which is inflated by the price of Pkg. #5 for 5,280 instead of 3,280). So my MSRP was 26,464. My deal was 24,074 before Tax, tags, and 100 process fee. I was driving home for 25,572 by the afternoon. Now I just have to learn the 500 Page manual and the Navigation manual.
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    Thought I had a great deal at $800 for 7/75K miles.. glad you did better, I think under $700 for this is a good deal.. and if anyone were to ever get it to $500... this is about what it's worth.

  • I bought the car from a Toyota dealership in Cockeysville, Maryland.

    Good luck.
  • rpaleyrpaley Posts: 8
    For those of you who might like to buy an extended warranty (MUST be done before the Prius is 3 yrs old), but can't swallow the MSRP, I bought my warranty at a distant Toyota dealership at about 40% discount. I bought the 7/100/0 for about $985.00.

    If you are interested, contact the Finance Officer at the "Toyota of Greenfield, MA" dealership and request the discounted Extended Warranty information.

    Hope this helps.
  • cdost1cdost1 Posts: 27

    Trying to help my parents out who are beginning to look for a Prius in the Westchester County, NY area. I would be interested to hear anyone who has bought from the local dealers and how they did on the deal.

  • Here's my experience:

    I just got a 2008 black Prius Package 3 for 23.978.00. Since I live in Oregon there was no sales tax so that was just the price. Dealership said this was 200.00 dollars over there listed invoice price of 23,778.00. Does this sound like a fair deal to everyone or are people paying much less for there package 3's?
  • tmk5tmk5 Posts: 1
    I'm considering an '08 Prius Package 5 or 6. Does anyone know the current money factor that Toyota is offering (Tier 1 credit) and the residual? Not sure that it makes a difference, but I'm in SoCal. Thanks for the help.
  • ariane1ariane1 Posts: 15
    I am currently in the market, trying to buy a prius 08 with package 2. I just wanted to know if you remember what forms you signed at the dealership. Did you sign any credit application form. A dealership told me that they needed this form to get info about me, like social security number etc, to make sure I was authentic, but would not run a credit check. However, sounds fishy, so wanted to check with you. I am using my own credit.
  • You should not sign any document at a dealership until the deal is done. They can check your credit based on you providing a social security number but no other way. If they are asking you to sign a document, they are attempting to trap you in some way.

    Don't do it unless you are signing deal papers.
  • pt95148pt95148 Posts: 17
    I signed the contract of sale which is the same used for lease or financing, except that all the % is zero, since I paid cash for my car.
    They did run a credit check without asking me but they disclosed it fully afterwards. I guess they needed this since I paid $3k on credit card and the rest by personal check.
  • When I bought my car, the dealership asked me to sign a application for a loan, even though I was paying in full with a check. I questioned why this form was necessary. I was told that they had to check my credit since I was paying with a personal check. I was leary and still signed, and waited for some surprises at the end. However, there were no come ons or added fees in the end. Good luck with your purchase and just be prepared to say no and walk out if you are not happy with how things are going.
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    I did the same, filled out a few forms, even though paying with a check. The dealer told me it was in case the check bounces, and I suppose I understood this. All went w/o a hitch - I think if you feel comfortable with the person you are working with, and it's a decent dealer, you are fine.

  • ariane1ariane1 Posts: 15
    I was also thinking of buying from 355 toyota tomorrow or day after. Did you use ur own financing? Did they run a credit check or OSAC report on you? Did you have to give them your social security number, etc?
  • After I told my dealership that I was taking the Ext. Warranty from the dealer in Boston for $985 - he made me a on the spot price of $1,000. I took it as I figured I was there in their office and it would be done now. So you can squeeze a good price from your dealer in the US.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    Last week-end I went shopping for a Prius PKG 6. The car is not even here and the dealer already debited my credit card for $600.00. They requested a deposit in order to order the car. Last night, the dealer called and told me that it is going to take about two weeks for me to get the car. They said that they can't find the color I want. Another dealer called me and told me that they have located the car for me and they are even giving me a $400.00 additional discount. What I want to know is... why some dealers can debit your credit card when the car is not even in your hands. The second dealer didn't even ask me for a deposit and they already have located the car for me. Can someone tell me how to get my deposit from the first dealer? Can the first dealer keep my deposit if I don't buy from them? I don't want to loose muy deposit. I am not happy with the the run-around the first dealer is giving me. Perhaps, someone has had this experience and can advise me on what to do. Thanks
  • mchulamchula Posts: 2
    Today i bought a silver pine Prius with pkg#6 at the selling price of $25,350. The mileage is 124 miles. It is a great deal.
  • senketsenket Posts: 1
    I just bought an '08 Prius, silver pine, pkg #2, for 23K. I have to say the purchase was an incredibly smooth experience. All the terms were settled via email and phone, no surprises at the showroom, the staff was friendly and fun, and I feel like I got a fair deal.

    This was the third time I have bought a car. The previous experience, buying my '03 Chevy S10, was also good, although that was all in person. My first, buying my '92 Honda Accord was a nightmare of pushy salespeople who tried to sell me what I didn't want ("What part of manual transmission do you not understand?") Aside from that, my mother was married to a used car salesman, so I spent some of my childhood in that very shady milieu.

    It seems to me that there has been a real change in dealer mentality over the last 20 years.
  • f1xerof1xero Posts: 1
    the current MF for a Prius is very high. I was quoted .00305 and I have tier 1 credit.

    has anyone heard anything else?
  • skb78skb78 Posts: 4
    Within the next few weeks, I plan to buy an '08 Prius, either package 4 or 5. Over the past several weeks, I've found the Edmunds discussions quite helpful. Right now I'm at the point where I've gotten some internet quotes and I'm fairly sure which dealership I plan to use (I haven't set foot in any of the local dealerships yet, but I'm mainly going by the vibes I'm getting from the internet managers that have contacted me--low pressure vs. high pressure, as well as by internet reviews of local dealerships).
    I requested quotes for Prius package 5. One quote is for MSRP $26,531, internet selling price of $24,604, plus a $340 processing fee, and $660 destination charge/delivery fee, for a total of $25,604 before taxes, tags, etc. The other quote is for MSRP $26,694, with a special internet selling price of $24,925.73 for a 72-hr window (which has already passed); this would total $25,585.73 before taxes, tags, etc. My question is, for those who have bought in the Northern VA area, are these quotes reasonable for a package 5 or should I look for something lower?
    Also, I've heard mixed reviews about the Prius navigation system. I haven't used any type of navi system in the past, so I'm not sure if the one in the Prius is worth the cost or if it would be better downgrade to a package 4 and just buy a portable GPS. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
    Also, this will be my first new car purchase and first time dealing with a dealership, and I guess it doesn't help that I'm a single female (in my late 20's, but I've often been told I look younger). Are there any "red flags" I should look out for when negotiating a price, signing the contract, etc? Also, are there any fees which are basically bogus and can be talked down or eliminated altogether? Thanks in advance for any feedback!
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    Also, I've heard mixed reviews about the Prius navigation system. I haven't used any type of navi system in the past, so I'm not sure if the one in the Prius is worth the cost or if it would be better downgrade to a package 4 and just buy a portable GPS. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    I also look3ed at the Prius, but decided to wait til the next model comes out. The Nav system is a problem for this reason.
    Think back to 8 track tape players. Great addition to a car waaaaaaay back but just try and get an 8 track tape now. The current Nav systems are extremely expensive to upgrade. Just call up the toyota dealer and ask for a price to upgrade an older Nav system. Figure $600 easy. After 5 years it will be a worthless unit in your car. You can buy a nice portable GPS system for $300 or a great one for $600. I'd rather get a unit for less and if it's outdated ok well it's $300 or so and it's not mounted in the dash and easy to replace and take with you on trips if you use a rental car. In dash looks nice but you can have a pro shop mount it in your car and it will not have any visible wires either. My advice go to Best Buy or a place like that and check out the Nav systems they have on display. My wife wants one so it will either be a Garmin or a TomTom. I'm still checking them out but found the Garmin easier to use button wise. My wife likes the TomTom but she can't use the buttons easily either.
  • red4ured4u Posts: 1
    was wondering whether anyone has any "late" news on the Toyota Prius for 2009. My wife and I are considering buying a 2008, but am wondering if I should wait for 2009, as it sounds like there could be major changes. Any thoughts or "steering" towards any internet articles would be appreciated. Also, we are debating on the package 2 vs the package 4. getting quotes for 22,800 for pack#2 and 24,700 for package 4....for those of you that have pack 4, do you feel it was worth the near extra $ 2K ? thinking should also get most of it back ( diff between 2 & 4 ) when reselling in 4-5 years.
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    was wondering whether anyone has any "late" news on the Toyota Prius for 2009. My wife and I are considering buying a 2008, but am wondering if I should wait for 2009, as it sounds like there could be major changes.

    That's why my wife and I held off buying until next year and changes announced now would affect sales now so I don't expect to hear much accurate info for at least another 6 months. Unless you want to wait another year no reason not to buy now. My biggest gripe and my wifes was a non-adjustable drivers seat. For what they charge it ought to have a few more adjustments in the drivers seat. Height adjustment is what my wife really wanted as she is short and I wanted a bit more seat padding for long trips. Lumbar support would be great as well. These cars cost as much as a Camry so why can't they have an adjustable seat like a Camry? It doesn't have to be a power seat. No word on that and new battery technology is a tough call because lithium ion is probably not going to happen with the Prius. They will want a non Hazmat battery.
    Check the local airlines to see the new laws on Li-Ion batteries as they are prone to catching on fire. They can keep them cold with refrigerant but no idea if that will happen by 2009.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Toyota has just announced a plug-in will be available next year, with NiMH batteries (two of the current battery packs), but only to fleets. Looks like next years car will be the same as the current one for the rest of us. The word is 2010 for the next model.
    But only Toyota knows for sure.

    The Lithium batteries "aren't ready yet", according to Toyota spokes people. I think the Panasonic division of Matsushita is working on the batteries for Toyota.
  • skb78skb78 Posts: 4
    I've seen that many who have posted here have recommended purchasing via an internet manager rather than by the salespeople on the floor. Just a few questions about going this route:
    1. Is the internet manager only able to deal with cars currently on the lot, or is he/she able to trade with other dealerships just like a floor salesperson can?
    2. I have not yet taken a test drive. When I go to the dealership to take a test drive, is it possible to deal with the internet manager only or will I have to deal with a floor salesperson?
    3. Is the internet price a "take it or leave it" price or can it be negotiable?
    4. Do the internet managers tend to be more, less, or equally knowledgable, as compared to the floor salespeople, about the specifics of the Prius?
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