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Toyota RAV4 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • That sounds like a great price. Where is the dealer located?
  • Here is my recent deal in MA:

    Base 4WD
    Options: Mud guard, Value Package & Phone bluetooth

    less $1,000 (Graduate program)

    Total $20,500
  • dieuwerdieuwer Posts: 8
    mud guard, Bluetooth? Never heard of these options for the base model
  • dturrdturr Posts: 70
    There is a saying that is common in Europe.

    Toyota as a corporation is acting like a common criminal, they only admit to 20% of the truth.
    If you are thinking of making a purchase remember these words Let The Buyer Beware.
  • legalmanlegalman Posts: 6
    Toyota has been forced to hand a 'smoking gun' memo produced by its own factory workers to US investigators probing a spate of system faults.
    The two-page document, sent to president of the company Katsuaki Watanabe in 2006, warned of systematic threats to car safety.

    Read more: o-staff-warned-safety-issues-FOUR-years-ago.html#ixzz0hsGpWQFW
  • evergreenevergreen Posts: 213
    Toyota may have blown big time how they handled these problems but you have to give them a break. Historically, their cars have been the most reliable, and still are. They just don't have a lot of experience in dealing with manufacturing flaws. Besides, most of the problems are on the products made in North America. I recently bought a new RAV4 made in Japan and I expect many, many years of reliable transportation.
  • evergreen, how to you tell if a Rav is built in Japan or US? Thanks.
  • puneecarpuneecar Posts: 17
    edited March 2010
    code sheet to your VIN number

    there's a automatic decoder Iv found in the past just by entering in your VIN, not exactly this site, but similar

    Im very glad that my dealer happen to get me a Japanese Build, hopefully that means Im exempt from these recent major issues. Leave it to the corporate americans to cut corners and F*q things up..

    It's funny in an article i read about Japan's corporate heads recently visitng US to discuss the issues and after being badgered aggresively by US interrogaters referencing a defective Prius, the [non-permissible content removed] Representative snapped "These are NOT Japanese cars! that is an american car! The parts are american and it is built in america" .. not exact quote but pretty much to that effect.
  • Thanks! This is very helpful. Also, does anyone know what the d& h fee includes? My dealer adds $499 as d&h fee to the final price. Not sure if this is common.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 94,526
    In this case, it includes $499 extra profit for the dealer.... ;)

    It's common everywhere they can get away with it...

    On another note.. all Japanese assembled vehicle VINs start with a J!


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • super_exitonsuper_exiton Posts: 14
    edited March 2010
    thanks. Should I apply for an autoloan in my bank before going to the dealer? I have 720+ credit score, but not sure if that is enough for getting the recent 0APR incentive. I also heard from ppl that the salesman will ask you to sign paperworks before you are handed to the finance dept. But since I am not sure if I will get the 0APR from toyota, can i insist on not signing anything before talking to the financing ppl. I am planning not to buy the car if I cant get the 0APR from toyota.

    Sorry I am a newbee here. These questions might seem dumb.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 94,526
    You always want a financing commitment from a lending institution before getting to the dealer's finance office.. Your local bank should have no trouble pre-qualifying you.

    If he can beat your rate, that's great... but, how will you know if he is giving you competitive rate, if you haven't shopped, first?


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • thanks. Can I still walk away if I dont get a low interest rate from the dealer?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 94,526
    You can walk away, up until you take the keys and drive off the lot..


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • lokielokie Posts: 8
    $23,800 out the door, which includes TTL (tax here is like 9.5% and license is about $300-$400). So the price before all this is about $21,300. I don't qualify for the recent graduate rebate; but I would likely have to pay cash for this rather getting the 0% financing. This includes the extra value option and carpets. What do you guys think?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    but I would likely have to pay cash for this rather getting the 0% financing.

    If they qualify you for 0% APR, why not take it? It is basically free money. Take the cash you would have paid for the vehicle and invest. Even the simple savings accounts pay 1.5-2.0% APR these days, get a CD and lock in something like 3-4% and let Toyota foot the interest on the vehicle. Try Wall St. and you can potentially make the $20,000 into $40,000 in 5 years that it would take you to pay off the RAV.
  • lokielokie Posts: 8
    but they are not offering me the 0% financing with that price. so that's why i would likely have to pay cash. any thoughts on the price for nor cal from people who recently bought or thinking about buying in the area? The vehicle, based on the VIN is made in Japan. thanks.
  • Got one quote from dealer. OTD 26,450. V6 AWD, 3rd row seat bluetooth and mudguard and towing package with alloy wheel. this includes 7% tax and 500 d&h fees and 1000 graduate cash. with 0APR 5 years seems a good deal?
  • super_exitonsuper_exiton Posts: 14
    edited March 2010
    btw, a quick question, does OTD price usually includes the registration fee and financing fees etc? Dealer told me that registration is something different, have to pay when I go to the DMV and get the tag. But I see many ppl mention OTD includes registration. thanks.
  • eryeerye Posts: 7
    As far as I understand, the OTD usually includes the registration fee as well, but it may depend on the area. I think your price looks very good. BTW, is it the base or limited trim?
  • super_exitonsuper_exiton Posts: 14
    edited March 2010
    thanks. it turns out in CO dealers do not collect registration fee. you have to go to DMV yourself.

    it is base trim. I added the EVP.
  • lokielokie Posts: 8
    edited March 2010
    just on 'paper', this looks like a great deal for you. on paper because you are probably in a different market from other people posted here, in MD people seemed to have gotten much lower prices than here in California. If you are serious about buying, email at least 3 dealers in your area with the exact vehicle you want. then negotiate via phone and do a "confirmation" email with them on the price. then go pick up the car. i just did that...originally, i agreed on the base 4x4, black forest, 5 piece carpet and the base value package; msrp 24,194. then the guy email and said the black forest was gone and said a silver was available with blue tooth...sold me the silver (which was also made in japan) with blue tooth for the same price we agreed originally on the black forest...again, i had to pay cash and did not qualify for the new graduate rebate. price was 21,200 (including the 1000 rebate for not taking the 0% financing, this is before taxes,license, etc...). no one was able to beat this price in my area (for those with the car I want). so i know i got what i consider to be a fair price. good luck and would be happy to share what i know.
  • eryeerye Posts: 7
    Thanks for sharing the experience. Great car with great price! Enjoy it.
  • eryeerye Posts: 7
    Just bought a new RAV limited. This is the first brand new car I've ever purchased, and my state (MA) requires auto insurance before I can go pick it up.... My question is, what coverage level do people usually get for a car like this? I am currently having a liability-only coverage for my car because it's much cheaper this way, but I would like to get some extra protection for my new RAV.. It seems the premium may vary a lot based on the coverage I selected, and I also don't want to pay too much for something I will never need... What's the typical coverage/deducible that people use? Any suggestions? Thanks!
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 399
    edited March 2010
    Are you getting an auto loan for this car? If so, the lender will tell you the bare minimum you MUST carry(no choice). Coverages above that amount are your option.Collision will be a mandatory besides the liability. It's a whole different league of costs compared to just basic liability.
  • fhs64fhs64 Posts: 4
    Am extremely depressed. Want to end it all. Have a million dollar life insurance policy. Gun to noisy, poison too painful. Have decided to "test drive" a Toyota (that way I don't have to actually buy the vehicle) then my estate can sue the dealership and Toyota as well as get the insurance money. Any dealership you'd like to give some comeuppance?
  • eryeerye Posts: 7
    Thanks for the info! What about the body/personal injury coverage? There are levels from 20/40 to 250/500.. which do people usually get for that one?
  • deechoodeechoo Posts: 1
    I visited a local dealership for a test drive and gathering of information on the various models and packages. I spent over a week researching online -- calculating invoice prices, visiting dealerships' websites, and obtaining quotes for the specific vehicles that I'm interested in. Some dealerships were eager to get your business, others were not. I emailed one dealership that I would go in and see the car if they drop the price to X amount, and when they did, I kept my word and went in. Not much negotiating took place with me basically saying, "I'm still on the fence with X price, but if you lower it to Y, it's a deal".

    In the end, I paid $27,785 (selling price, not including tax, fees, and junk) for a 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4WD V6 equipped with LA, SP, BD, QX, TO, RM, CF, and B3. Didn't qualify for the graduate discount, but I did take advantage of the 0% APR for 60 months. :shades:
  • They are installed options. BLU Logic ~$300 and Mud guard ~$100.
  • abc747abc747 Posts: 4
    Prices in Seattle are always higher than national averages but got a black limited 4 cyl 4WD with mudguards and backup camera for 27239. 30072 OTD with 0% APR for 60 months. Magic Toyota in Edmonds, a painless buying experience. Woot!
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