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2013 and Earlier - Toyota Prius Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
edited January 2014 in Toyota
Share your next generation Prius shopping experiences here!


  • roy2001roy2001 Posts: 62
    I think price for 2010 Prius is pretty reasonable that dealers would mark it up. I plan to get a option II after sunner, hope I can get it close to, if not below, 22k.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    My dealer called to say he had pricing on the 2010 Prius. He is to send it to me at my home email tonight.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    You're in luck. I believe the Prius II will have a MSRP of $22,000 (includes shipping)

    And the Prius I will be $21,000 and available later this fall
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    My dealer was wrong. The price did not include shipping. Here's Toyota's link just out on pricing of the 2010 Prius. I'm in the process of trying to get a 2010 Blue Ribbon Prius V + NAV .aspx
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    ..on a Prius V, Blue Ribbon w/ tan leather and NAV! Hopefully early June
  • Yep. Me too! I wonder if the colors are the same
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I woulod assume the Blue Ribbon is the same color as the Camry's Blue Ribbon.
  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    My Toyota dealer (small town, low volume) advised me that Toyota was delaying shipment for several months of the 2010 Prius. Anyone else hear that, or have any information?
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    He may not have an allocation, being a small dealer, but they are already on the boat and showing up in the computers according to PriusChat
  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    Thanks, I had hoped they would not be delayed .... That is why I stated it was small town and low volume dealer.

    There are large dealers in the area, and I will check with them.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    As much as I would like to have one as soon as they come out, my small dealer is not sure when his allocation will arrive. He has put in for my preferred package, but to get it exactly I may have to be patient. I don't really want to go to a large dealer, I am willing to wait to give these guys my business locally.
  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    Truthfully, I can wait also. But I have a hunch that gasoline prices are going to take a major hike soon (the only way congress can get us to buy "green.") I have not yet driven a Prius, so it is all a bit speculative at this time. The dealer has several 2009's, but there are features about the 2010 I like.

    Thanks again.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I have experience driving the HH and TCH so the system is familiar. My neighbor has two and I've followed blogs closely, but still I had never driven a Prius. So I drove a 2009 last week just to see if I could consider it, knowing the new one should handle and ride a little differently with the 17" wheels and stiffer shocks. The deep windshield will probably be the thing that takes the most getting used to. I found it to be roomy, but the 2010 will have less leg room in the back. However I just need to put two car seats in the back 99% of the time (grandkids) so the Highlander Hybrid will serve as transportation when there are more than 2 adults.

    Considering why I'm buying it I found no reason not to want the 2010 model
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Joe, the MSRP on the Prius II is $22000 prior to shipping and handling and excluding mats of any kind. I'm estimating that the II model will be right at $23000 or slightly above.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Some are here already on the W Coast. I believe that the EC vessel arrives around 5-29 then add a couple of weeks to the stores.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    You know me, I'm looking for a Prius V with Nav. I caught myself looking at the CTS again today so the Prius needs to come soon.
  • shay2shay2 Posts: 9
    Seems to be a glut of 2009 Prius in Northern California. Dealer told me they already had deposits on 75. Also said that toyota was going to slowly release them to keep up the "anticipation"
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    Word out on PriusChat is they will all go on sale the first of June rather than trickle in and hit the streets. Perhaps every state or large city should have a BBQ party on the evening of June 1st after everyone picks up thier car from the first shipments. Everyone could come out together on that first day and see all the different colors and features.
  • civicbuyercivicbuyer Posts: 7
    Hello -- I had a great experience here about 4 years ago getting help with buying my Civic. Now I'm back and thinking of getting a Prius now that they have a 0% deal and WA state tax exemption going. Last time was the first time I'd ever bought a new car, so I still have questions!

    I may only want to buy the car at this time if I can get the 0% deal. If I can't get it, I'd prefer to wait awhile and look at my other options. My husband and I both have excellent credit, so I'm thinking if anyone can qualify, it should be us. How soon am I able to find out if I would qualify? Last time, financing was almost the last thing to happen. I called around to get quotes, then went down to test drive the car and spent some time waiting around for the finance guy to try and sell me all his junk. :) I was prepared with my own financing which they were able to beat.

    Also, I'm wondering: Do you suppose they only offer these 0% deals when the rest of the deal works for them -- i.e. purchase price? If I haggle the price down far enough, will they suddenly say "Ooooh sorry, no 0% for you" ? Seems logical (though disappointing).

    I think that's it for now. Thanks in advance!
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    The 0% is from Toyota Finance not the dealer. I see no reason from what you've said to think you wouldn't qualify. Visit the dealer strike the deal and follow the process. You can always walk out.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    As wvgasguy noted that financing offer comes from Toyota Financial Services/Toyota Motor Sales.

    It gives the buyers the option of a $1000 rebate OR 0% financing for 60 days, but not both AND it applies only to the remaining 2009 models currently in stock...not the 2010 models soon to arrive.

    If you want one you shop and haggle and decide soon. Whatever models are left on the lots are the last ones so your choices might be limited
  • civicbuyercivicbuyer Posts: 7
    Sounds good -- I'm on it today...

    See, I learn something new with each car-buying experience -- you're saying there may only be a conflict when these special offers come from the dealer in particular -- not the manufacturer?

  • rbk3rbk3 Posts: 34

    Good luck and make it fun!

    Call the finance department and ask them what credit score is needed to qualify for the 0%. If you fall in the window, you're good to go.

    The reason I'm posting is to remind you and anyone else,

    "Be prepared for the Finance Manager calling the following morning telling you the loan did not go through". They will usually try to extract additional interest from you.

    ie: 2.9%, 3.9%, 4.9% etc. If they try this on you. Tell the Finance guy you will be returning the vehicle in 10 minutes. He will call back and tell you the loan was approved.

    Same thing applies when negotiating the initial deal with finance. They will tell you, "you qualify for a higher rate" to feel you out. If you take the bait, they win!

    Have a copy of your credit score before ever entering a dealership!
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    A lot of what you mentioned is old stuff.

    Yes everyone should have a good knowledge of their personal credit score, but see below*. The procedures in the Toyota system are simple. Your Fico score falls into different 'tiers'. If your score is Tier 3 and higher you automatically qualify for the 0%....providing your debt to income level is not out of whack. This is a new requirement for nearly all banks.

    *We had two married military officers both with FICO scores over 700 but every scrap of credit was maxxed out. They had a Hummer and I believe a Bimmer on credit and they wanted to buy a Corolla for their daughter. No bank or lender would accept the loan. This is the new 'make or break' criteria.

    *A lady with a 750 score had bills totalling $5500 a month and wanted to finance a new Sequoia for $750 a month. Her stated monthly income was $3000!!! In the past before the credit crisis she would have been approved in a heartbeat. Now no bank would take the loan.
  • civicbuyercivicbuyer Posts: 7
    Thanks to both of you -- I did give my local dealer a call to ask about the tiers, and it looks like we'll be fine. I'll post back to let you know how it goes if/when it's all done. This web site is so helpful :)
  • archer1archer1 Posts: 4
    Well I did it. I bought my Prius tonight. I made an offer of $21,000 plus taxes out the door on a #2 package to my local dealer. They said they would take it with $399.00 dealer handling fees added on. I turned it down and said I would shop around. The first delaer I called in Denver "Go Toyota" said yes and I had a short but pleasant buying experience. the MSRP on my Prius is $24568.00. They sold it for $3568.00 below sticker. I financed through my own bank and was given a 4.99% rate (fair). I then put 200 miles on my new car tonight, mostly highway and the onboard computer read 43 MPG average. My average speed was between 70 and 75 mph. So far I could not be happier. My other vehicle is a 2006 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge diesel. It will be spending alot of time parked from now on on!!!!!
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Great job and good negotiating. That fuel economy is pretty typical right out of the box for highway speeds of 70-75 mph. There's a 5000 mi and a 10000 mi 'breakin' ( nothing that you have to do ) and familiarity issues that will increase your FE values up to the 45-50 mpg range.

    Your net after about a year's driving should be in the 47-49 mpg range.
  • civicbuyercivicbuyer Posts: 7
    I've got inquiries out to several dealerships -- sent them late last night. So far I've only heard from 3 with actual information. I'm also looking for a Package 2, (flexible on color), and the lowest price I've gotten them to quote is $23,888. Planning to do the 0%, so no cash back offer. I am still hoping to get it for under $23,000, but many of the sales people have written that they are unwilling to "take a loss" since there are so few left and the new ones are coming very soon. The invoice, destination and package 2 come to $22,666 according to Edmunds, and the Edmunds TMV is $23,262. (I offered $22,500.)

    I'm in Seattle, and I think they are pretty popular around here. Wonder if my timing is not so great or if it's a combination of factors. Or maybe this is just part of the runaround? It is still early in the day.

    Would love to hear your thoughts!
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    they are unwilling to "take a loss" since there are so few left and the new ones are coming very soon.

    LOL, that's funny. I can understand them not wanting to take a loss, but I can't imagine them not wanting to clear the lot before the 2010 hits their dealership. having a 2010 sitting beside a 2009 will not be a good selling point for the old ones.
  • civicbuyercivicbuyer Posts: 7
    Yeah, I must say this is definitely different than 4 years ago when I bought our Civic... It was easy to get a price over the phone, and I got it for very close to invoice vs. this which is over $1k above it. And the salespeople seem almost... standoffish. Definitely irritated. Maybe they figure they have so few left that they can easily sell it to someone who's not doing quite as much research?

    We'll see! I've been without a car for 8 months, so if this doesn't work out, I will live.
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