Hey guys, new member here.
I am a car enthusiast and remember back in '08 when the rust repairs were announced by Toyota. Fast forward 4 years and I just bought an 2004 SR5 4x2 Tacoma extended cab with the 2.4 liter and the 5 speed transmission. 62k miles and I got it for $5k out the door of the non-Toyota dealership here in Michigan (it has been a Michigan truck it's entire life). I figured I got a good deal. Prior to purchase I saw the frame has lots of surface rust -- like the entire frame is covered in surface rust and/or rust scaling. I googled the rust repair and saw that there was a deadline of 12/31/2012 to have the rust inspected. I also poked around the frame with my hands and didn't feel any soft spots. I still don't.
I thought I was good to go, bought the truck, and then called Toyota to see if it could be inspected. I think I spoke to a female representative whose name I have seen mentioned on this site. She was less than friendly and told me that since it was past 03/31/2011 they would not inspect the vehicle or perform any repairs. I asked about the 12/31/2012 date and she said that was only for New York state.
The truck is in great mechanical condition and drives very well and I realize the decision to buy the truck is on me without doing more thorough research on the VIN, state I live in, and if the rust repair would be covered. That being said, do you think Toyota would make an exception? My next steps were to call my 2 local dealers to see if they could at least apply the rust inhibiting compound. What would you do?