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Old 10-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Advice on Purchasing a Tacoma

Hey Guys,

Im looking to buy a new tacoma in the next week or so.

I owned a 2006 Tacoma a few years back, but bought it when i was 19 and paid sticker price...(wow).

I promised myself I would never buy a new car again, but most of the low mile used trucks are almost as much as new in my area.

What I am looking for is a 2011 (hopefully that will help the price) Double Cab TRD OR 4x4 in white. I tried the "costco auto" thing and they still wanted $33k OTD (no way).

I see guys saying they are paying 28k OTD and thats exactly my spending limit.

My plan is to email the fleet managers of all the local Toyota dealerships. But Im trying to find the right way to word the email to get my point across. Anyone have experience doing this? Should I be able to get a truck for this price? I have $11k to spend, and I would like to not finance more than $17k...


Thanks for your help guys. Hope to be back in the Taco game soon.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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try online quotes from the local dealers, we got mine for 28 OTD back in december of 10. and you should be able to get it for 27 OTD because they are wanting it off their lot so they can bring in the 12's.
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28-29 seems to be the norm but since the tsunami things tightened up a bit. But with the 2012's out maybe that can work in your favor. Welcome and good luck!
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Go into the dealership, Tell them what you want and wave around about 10k. Believe me if youve got that much cash in hand they want you in a 2011. Just be prepared to look them in the eyes, Laugh and walk out if they dont get down to the price you like.

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Internet sales are great. I paid 24,500 OTD for my 2010 Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4 DCSB 6 speed. This is my fourth Tacoma, and I don't think I will buy another one. Same problems in the same trucks from 2005 to 2011. Give me a break.
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Two things I can suggest for you. You can get quotes from them by sending out a fax or like ckeeton mentioned by online. Best way I have found to get the best deal. Just make sure that you get a signature with their quote.

The other is going in the last day of the month early in the morning. Sometimes you might get a dealer who has not reached his/her quota and will offer a great deal to get it done.

I always use the fax method and have always received a better deal then I have expected. Good luck.
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Thanks for the replies so far, a lot of good info! Both of the dealers I went to showed me "invoice" price on their computer screen as 31,000... But online it shows around 26,000 even with all the options added. Can they manipulate the screen to show me a different price? Hopefully its not just in CA that they are this expensive.
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Two things I can suggest for you. You can get quotes from them by sending out a fax or like ckeeton mentioned by online. Best way I have found to get the best deal. Just make sure that you get a signature with their quote.

The other is going in the last day of the month early in the morning. Sometimes you might get a dealer who has not reached his/her quota and will offer a great deal to get it done.

I always use the fax method and have always received a better deal then I have expected. Good luck.
great advice here. contact(email) a few local or even outside dealerships. use the best price quoted as a starting point and email it back to higher priced sellers. they will compete with each other to get your business.

the only time i step foot into a dealership is to inspect the vehicle and sign the paperwork.
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Thanks for the replies so far, a lot of good info! Both of the dealers I went to showed me "invoice" price on their computer screen as 31,000... But online it shows around 26,000 even with all the options added. Can they manipulate the screen to show me a different price? Hopefully its not just in CA that they are this expensive.
the "dealer invoice" price that they show you is not even close to the actual dealer invoice. that's just a marketing gimmick that dealerships use on consumers.
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Thanks for the replies so far, a lot of good info! Both of the dealers I went to showed me "invoice" price on their computer screen as 31,000... But online it shows around 26,000 even with all the options added. Can they manipulate the screen to show me a different price? Hopefully its not just in CA that they are this expensive.
We were just discussing this when my brother bought his Tacoma last month. I'm sure they have their ways, a program to print out a fake invoice or what ever. Mine is a 4x4 and his is a pre-runner. About 3k difference as the trucks were identical otherwise. Same dealer I bought from. They told me they would give him the same deal I negotiated. 1K below invoice. But his was coming up like maybe 2k less than mine. Finally worked the deal out (he made an offer which was about what we figured based on my deal) but who know's what the invoice really was?

Still waiting for my $100 referral fee.
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Hey Bro Hows it going. I have helped lots of my friends purchase a new or used car from a traditional dealerships ( reason is because I have been working for Carmax and another dealership for around 4 years part time. and no I don't screw them over by having them buy from me. I go with them to the dealerships they want and cars they want and help negioate and confirm they are getting a good deal on there car. There are quite a few tactics you can use to get what you want but it depends on how much BS your willing to put up with and be willing to shop for a few weeks with multiple dealerships.

Couple things: 1. going around the middle of the month and working the deal towards the end of the month will help Keep $$ in your pocket. 2. Also be careful "Payment shopping" because they will write stuff that you might recognize like WAC by a payment. WAC = With approved credit. 3. Write out your terms If you want a "350" payment they can get that for you sure... 350 for 84 or 96 months.. Then you just got a rapped. 4. Look around a dealerships with less than desirable numbers or clientele. EX. If they move a lot of units and have people that go to them and they got money your 1 extra sale isnt going to be desireable to them but to a smaller hurting dealership will. 5. They play a shell game, 4 parts, Price, Trade, Financing, and extras between that they are trained to make at least 3k profit off you. Know what you trade is worth and ask for more to make a deal happen.

Credit::::: > know what you are and what you can get and be confident!!! You do that they will know you are meaning business and ready to buy with great credit = low APR = better deal.

anyway hope this helps. There's more stuff as well but if you have more questions let me know. I don't mind helping. I recently went bc my wife wanted a new car and bought a higher trim level new car for only $1500 dollars more compared to a used year older and 20,000 more miles.
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Good luck purchasing the truck, you should be able to get it down under 30k just because the dealership should want to sell any 'old' models
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Internet sales are great. I paid 24,500 OTD for my 2010 Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4 DCSB 6 speed. This is my fourth Tacoma, and I don't think I will buy another one. Same problems in the same trucks from 2005 to 2011. Give me a break.
What was the MSRP on your truck? I would think it was close to $33,000.
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No clue how people claim to save 8-12k off a new Tacoma . But I'm thinking its either a regional thing or it's one of those that has been sitting for a year and the dealer just wants to move it . 33k OTD is right for my area .
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Depends on area and msrp. Went to edmunds for my truck said invoice was 31680.00 msrp was 34875.00 consumer reports was about the same. I paid 31400.00 whitch was about 300 less than both sites said was average for the area. I don't know what options your buildng to come up with an invoice of 26k but it isn't a loaded off road 4x4.
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Remember to ask for rebates and incentives...I got $1,000 off for having graduated with a college degree in the last two years...not sure where you would check...

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No clue how people claim to save 8-12k off a new Tacoma . But I'm thinking its either a regional thing or it's one of those that has been sitting for a year and the dealer just wants to move it . 33k OTD is right for my area .
This is what I am thinking. Would it be smart for me to purchase out of state? What are the issues with me doing this? Will it still cost me in the end?
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This is what I am thinking. Would it be smart for me to purchase out of state? What are the issues with me doing this? Will it still cost me in the end?
you shouldn't have any issues purchasing from out of state. the only thing to worry about is transporting it home. driving cross states or shipping it back to CA can be $$$. you just have to factor this into the whole cost.
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I'm curious what options you are adding. It could just be a county thing but I just looked up the costco thing in san diego area and it says 29,309, msrp 31,520. Thats a white double cab, v6 4x4 automatic off road.

Buying a truck from out of state will just leave you with more registration fees and hassle. If anything try different counties.
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