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2004-2009 Toyota Prius Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mn78mn78 Posts: 1
    Hi just got a dealer quote (in MN) for a prius w/ package 6 for 27960 with tax and title. Is this reasonable? Thanks in advance.
  • dcgoodydcgoody Posts: 2
    My wife and I just purchased a Package #5 with Options P7 (XM Satellite Radio Kit) EF (Rear Bumper Applique) and CF (Carpet Floor Mats and Cargo mats)

    For $24,437 + Tax and $150 doc fee. Took the 0% financing option. This was about 200 bucks above invoice for this vehicle. Best deal I found on a package 5 in Indianapolis. Interested to know if anyone found a better deal in Indy.
  • mpg4mpg4 Posts: 4
    Over the Memorial Day weekend I finally picked up a 2009 black touring prius with package #5. This was after 3-4 weeks of negotiations with multiple dealers. The OTD price was $26,190. This is in Texas.

    Although there are plenty of 09 priuses out there, I had difficulty finding the color/model/package combination. This particular dealer had plenty of the base models, but only 3 touring left. Most dealers had similar inventory and unfortunately a lot of the cars have "port" installed options.
  • ellisda1ellisda1 Posts: 6
    Memorial Day weekend I also picked up a 2009 Spectra Blue Touring Prius, package #5. I live near Raleigh, NC, and did some serious hagggling with the local Big Dealer in town. I ended up driving about 75 miles to Goldsboro NC, and bought my car there. The car was not what I had planned for(had agreed to a Standard package #3 for$23,000), but the price for the Touring was unbeatable - $23,770 OTD (tax,title, dealer prep and everything). I traded in a 2004 Corolla (88K miles) and got a top trade for this. I got better than $2500 below invoice, and about $2000 better than the Big Dealer in town. The dealer and everybody else was great to deal with - will definitely head there the next time I look for Toyotas.
  • cptgrpcptgrp Posts: 3
    I'm 6'1", 32" inseam and I have to push the seat all the way back. So leg space I'm at the limit, but head space is fine and would probably be fine for people up to 6'3-4" in my opinion.
  • scottkim11scottkim11 Posts: 1
    What Indy Dealership did you get this from? You didn't get the rebate obviously since you took the 0%. I live in West Indy. Any help would be appreciated.
  • lakemoreylakemorey Posts: 2
    Car Man, do you know when the 2010 Prius lease rates announced? In NH.

  • dcgoodydcgoody Posts: 2
    Hi there,

    I haggled with Obrien, Tom Wood, Butler, one in andersonville, and Andy Mohr. I ended up purchasing from Beck on the southside as they gave the best deal after 2 weeks of haggling with the others. Ask for Carl. Tell him David Goodrich sent you. He made the experience enjoyable.

    Good luck
  • bob104bob104 Posts: 94
    Wow! That is a phenomenal deal. I paid $29,000 OTD for a Touring#6 in CA (7.75% sales tax) eighteen months ago, a good deal at the time.
    A few notes about Touring: Consumer Reports likes it way better than the standard Prius due to its better handling and braking. I have say that I do tend to agree with them, but here are the trade-offs:
    Touring gets 42mpg realworld, Standard gets 44mpg, sez CR. That's 13 gallons a year/12k miles difference.
    My Touring came with Bridgestone Turanzas and I liked them but they only lasted 30k miles. They are about $200 more to replace than are the Standard's tires. (I'm switching to Michelin Primacy for $600/set at Costco.)
    I paid $500 more for the Touring than for the Standard.
    So, assuming gasoline at $4/gal and that you don't get any higher price for Touring when you go to sell it, the additional cost for Touring over 60k miles is $260 gasoline, $200 tires and $500 depreciation=nearly $1,000. Not a huge difference, but worth considering, particularly if you are committed to maximal mpg.
    I had a very, very hard stop on the highway approaching Las Vegas--we must have been nuts to want to go there--and I think the Touring-ness may have saved us from a collision. I'm not sure but I think I'd get a Touring again.
  • ellisda1ellisda1 Posts: 6
    With the price I actually paid, I was still $2500 below invoice, and I was sort of biased toward the Touring based on Consumer Reports comments. And gas is (at least temporarily...) much cheaper, so... I've only got about 500 miles on my Prius now (mix of highway and city) and I'm averaging about 47 mpg, so I have no "buyers remorse". You only got 30K miles on the Turanzas???? I'm gonna be trauly unhappy if that's all I get on those. There have been some reports about increasing tire pressure (42F, 40R) to increase mileage - did you try that with the Turanzas? With the stiffer suspension and those tires, I'd guess that'd feel like driving on rocks...
  • bob104bob104 Posts: 94
    I slightly increased the pressure, 37F/35R, but not enough to give uneven wear. Those hypermilers can be a bit nutty. If you increase pressure and get, say, 3 mpg better, that only saves about 15 gallons of gasoline a year--$40. But if it wears the tires out 10% faster, say, that's about $30 a year and a pretty bumpy ride, you're right. I would be very surprised if you get much better than 30k off the Turanzas as I drive quite moderately on fairly decent roads in CA. Enjoy the car. I want you to negotiate my next car purchase!
  • antonio1antonio1 Posts: 25
    Hey Ellisda1

    Was the $23,770 your OTD price? Including the trade???
    What was the invoice price before Taxes & Trade?
    Thanks, :)
  • ellisda1ellisda1 Posts: 6
    OK - here's the real data : MSRP was $29,500. Extra Value Package deduct $2650 for Total Sticker Price of $26850. From the sales ticket, actual total price was $22780. Taxes, fees etc a little under $900.
    My Corolla had been "examined" by three other dealers (two Toyota and one Honda). Trade value ranged from $4500 (Honda, one Toy) to $6500 (on a Standard Prius, package 3). I paid $18000 and my Corolla. Dealer threw in those terribly overpriced matching Toyota floor mats at no charge.
    Still lovin' my Prius and the deal.
  • I too am in NC and am awaiting delivery this morning of my 2009 Silver Pine Mica Touring Pkg 5!!! I think Ellisda1 and I got about the same deal. Total out the door will be 23,737. I don't have a trade-in. After I take delivery I will revisit to verify that everything went as planned. :-)
  • ellisda1ellisda1 Posts: 6
    What dealer did you deal with? I bought from Toyota in Goldsboro, but could have made a very similiar deal with Leith Toyota in raleigh. Fred Anderson was at least $2000 higher.
  • outbackj1outbackj1 Posts: 11
    I am interested in knowing what a $140.00 DICE unit is for you to be able to play your ipod? I use a FM Transmitter but the signals are all over the place and a after-market guy said there is no way I can have anything wired in the 08 base Prius.
  • cslasorcslasor Posts: 15
    I'm thinking about getting a 2009 Prius Touring Edition, but only if I can get a good deal and the current 0% financing promotion. Otherwise I'll stick with my plan of keeping my 2000 Accord (136,000 miles) for a couple more years and saving up more cash so I won't have to finance.

    This would be in Central Florida, by the way, in the Melbourne or Orlando area.

    Anyway, I'm curious what would constitute a good deal on a '09 Prius Touring? Something like $300 over invoice? Would that be too much? Too little? I'm not desperate for a new car yet, but it would be nice to take advantage of the current buyer's market as long as I don't have to pay finance charges.

    Any thoughts or opinions?
  • ellisda1ellisda1 Posts: 6
    Two of us (recent posters from NC) got prices on the 2009 Touring for lots less than $1000 BELOW invoice. I wouldn't consider paying invoice or higher - the market is still a disaster, and the 2010 models are coming in.
  • chris789chris789 Posts: 37
    I've never driven a Prius and wanted to find out how the ride quality smoothness compares to cars like a camry/accord. Is the ride like a corolla/civic or a lot smoother.

  • jo2jo2 Posts: 41
    I am going to pick up a Prius package IV tonight

    Black with dark grey leather
    MSRP 29,500
    2500 down
    36 mos
    12,000 miles/yr

    435.00/tax included per month

    I just wanted to share that with people that might be leasing the new prius. They sold it at sticker or just a little below I believe.

    Longo Toyota in El Monte gave a great deal - see Derrick Nguyen in internet sales
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    Depends. I never understood the Camry to ride like the Accord. My TCH was a soft rife. Mushy in fact. Still acceptable for what it was. I've always understood the Accord is a more "sporty" ride. I have not driven the II thru IV Prius, but the V is more "Accord like" than it is TCH like. I'm guessing the II thru IV will be more TCH like, but perhaps a tad better. If a soft ride is what you're after then the lower levels of Prius would be your best choice.
  • evadooevadoo Posts: 40
    rbk3 - it took me 4 mos. to stumble onto your post (I haven't been on in a while). :) I am about to use the same strategy on a Forester. Hours of research up front and a careful approach can save you a lot of money (and time and aggravation) so I hope it was helpful to you. We LOVE our Prius and were so happy not to pay a crazy price for it!
  • evadooevadoo Posts: 40
    Better late then never on reading your post. :) I am so glad it worked out well for you. My mission of getting the world into affordable Hybrids is working... LOL.
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  • On 8-6-09 i purchased a 09 Toyota Prius track car from Lowe Toyota in Warner Robins, Ga. 31088 . I was not told at the time of sell that this was actually a car from a dealerships rental fleet. I feel i could have purchased a 2010 after the fact for the price i paid for this used vehicle. I paid $23954.14 for this car with only 5,000 miles on it. I did have a couple of options added to this vehicle and the price included the full warrenty in which i paid nearly $1,300 for. After telling the dealership my feelings. The salesman ask me to drive 140 miles one way to make things right with me so he said. Much to my disappointment i was only allowed 17,500 for my used Prius for a new 2010 which they did not have at the time i purchased the one i have. Also i got some dirty looks from the sales staff while i was there. Come to find out from another dealer i got royally screwed on my car concerning the purchase price. I am still shopping for a 2010 because of the re-design and the increase in gas mileage. As far as being satisfied with my current Prius it is what it is. A great car gets great mileage and drives like a dream ! Its just that if i gotta pay for a new car over the next 75 months. I had rather have a brand new 2010 than a slighty used 2009 base model.
  • Car_man,

    Could you please tell me what the money factor and residual value for a 2010 Prius III would be in the greater Pittsburgh, Pa region? This would be for 3 years and 12,000 miles. Thank you in advance for your assistance and what a helpful board.
  • You're very welcome, buckeye20. I'd be happy to help you out. To the best of my knowledge, Toyota is not currently providing lease support on the 2010 Prius in any region. Toyota Financial Services' standard buy rate lease money factor and residual value for a 36 month lease of a 2010 Prius with 12,000 miles per year are .00265 and 72%, respectively for consumers who qualify for its top aka Tier 1+ credit tier.

    Keep in mind though that TFS places restrictions upon what options can be residualized, making it difficult for individual consumers to work up lease payments for specific models on their own.

    Prices Paid: Buying & Leasing Experiences Forum
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 21
    I am planning to buy a 2010 cheapest (II) Prius in the Charlotte,NC area. Any idea how much should I expect to pay? I do not want any options if any are available. Anything to watch out for? Thanks for the replies in advance.
  • ddobbs1ddobbs1 Posts: 2
    My auto lease company has in their contract that my lease payoff is the greater of the residual value or fair market value (Blue Book). The residual value is $10,000 and the FMV is $16,250. The car was in an accident and needed major repairs so I don't believe the true value to be close to the FMV.

    Is there any way to negotiate the payoff to be the residual with the leasing company or the lessor (Wells Fargo)? Also, I have excess mileage and will end up paying about $3000 if I turn in the lease.

    What is my best option...turn-in, pay the $3000, and just get another car OR payoff and hope that I can sell to try and breakeven with a dealer OR try to find a dealer that will payoff the lease??
  • udprideudpride Posts: 3
    Not sure I understand your description. Residual is whats on your lease buyout. FMV is what the car should bring in a private sale.

    If your residual buyout is $10K and FMV is $16K, just pay cash and buy the car out for $10K at lease end, and flip it on the private market and pocket all that equity. Ive done that several times.

    You have two choices. Either let the dealer have the equity, or attempt to recover it yourself. Even with your cited issues on the car and tax, I see $2-3K in your pocket here.

    You also avoid any mileage overages if you buy the car. Id buy it out-right with cash for a quick flip. It shouldnt take you but 2 weeks to sell such a car. If you get close to $16K, then you basically drove the car for nothing more than depreciated cost on your original lease -- which is as cheap as you can drive ANY car -- leased, bought, or whatever. In fact, any more savings and they were paying you to drive it.
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