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Old 04-25-2011, 01:22 PM
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anyone out there driving a toyota venza?if so which package and any likes or dislikes. i have been looking for awhile to replace wifes ride and she saw this at auto show and liked it.walked away from a couple of dealers(different brands) in the past year when it was time to do the paperwork and the numbers changed thats why we stopped looking for awhile.
Old 04-25-2011, 02:24 PM
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My Tundra was getting serviced at the dealer last week and I took out a certified pre-owned '10 Venza. It had the V6, AWD, leather, nav, all the bells and whistles. Fairly roomy and plenty of power. Pretty nice for high $20s with only 20K miles. Not sure how they actually do on gas, however. At today's gas prices the 4-cylinder might be worth looking at. My wife likes the looks, she's wondering if she should go bigger to something like a Suburban, however.
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:59 PM
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My mother bought one and likes it a lot better than the sedan they had before because the seat heights are closer to normal positioning. One doesn't have to sit down...you kind of just slide onto the seat.

The seats are not Recaro-style buckets, either. They're a flatter kind of bucket that seemed to appeal to her because it wasn't so confining.

Everything else from sunroof to AWD to nice package area (you slide packages/groceries into the trunk instead of dropping them over a threshold) was just nice additions to her.

Fit/finish is typical Toyota and if your wife liked those subtle differences between the Venza and other mid-size SUVs, then it's a good thing. MPG isn't something I know about but she got the V6 just because it was in the car that was loaded, and that's what Mom wanted.

When you're 90 and buying a new car, you just get whatever the heck you want, eh?

Oh, the price came to $26,000 plus their trade of a 2000 loaded Buick with 11,000 miles....but rough from sitting in the sun for all this time (worth maybe $5K)
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went to a toyota dealer on thurs night . the salesman i spoke to wasnt there but i gave him my word a couple months ago if i came back i would ask for him. since he wasnt there i went to the manager to see what i could get for a trade then i would call the salesman back the following day.the trade # was close so the manager was going to leave all my info on the guys desk and he would contact me the next day.never called and when i called was told he was with another consumer and gave me his voice mail which i left a detailed message on and still no call back.
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Get on autotrader.com and put in what you want in a Venza....you'll get calls and deals from internet managers; especially if you're ready to buy today.

List on my Mom's car was around $41K as I recall, and sale price on the lot was mid-30s for a car that was loaded including that sunroof and DVD/GPS.

We got the great trade-in for the Buick because we took an internet bid from 120miles away into the showroom and told the saleslady to meet it or wish us a good trip to buy the other car.
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P.S. if a salesman doesn't call you back in a reasonable time period, just call the Sales Manager and tell him you want to buy a car from one of his guys that needs a sale. He'll get involved real quick.
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i have an appointment tomorrow at 3pm at different dealer if he pisses me off its off to a chevy dealer for my next choice
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so what happened? ;?
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went to a different dealer low balled me on trade.i wanted trade number before i started on new car number. told them to have a nice day and left
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My guess is that the word, "trade-in", is another word for, "flexible discount depending on the spread of a particular car". You had not yet chosen a particular car to horse-trade on, so....

By asking for the trade-in value first, the dealer's only option was to provide a low wholesale price in order to cover his worst case scenario.

It isn't really important what the dollar value is of a trade, is it? What's important is the spread between the MSRP and what you write a check for...and that's the spread. Whether the spread includes dealer discount, rebates, discounts on add-ons, or trade-in isn't really relevant.

For example, the highest priced Venza that is loaded with every option will see your trade-in worth a whole lot more than if you chose the basic, stripped, model.
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i wanted trade #s first. i know what im willing to pay for the new one and what the invoice #s are. if they low ball me on trade there's noway they are going way under on the invoice . i dont need to buy a new car but would like to get it for the wife but i wont be bent over by one of the salesmen in the process
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i wanted trade #s first. i know what im willing to pay for the new one and what the invoice #s are. if they low ball me on trade there's noway they are going way under on the invoice . i dont need to buy a new car but would like to get it for the wife but i wont be bent over by one of the salesmen in the process

It's your money and your way of doing things, but let me try this again....do you REALLY want to know what trade $$ somebody would give you for your car, or do you want to buy a vehicle?

You go to a dealer and tell him that you're ready to write a check for X dollars for that car over there (that's on his lot) and you have this car (that you drove in) as a trade. He's either going to come back with a different spread number (the amount of that check you'll write) or he'll say, Yes.

It kind of sounds like you think you know more about car buying from the internet than from experience.

My Mom did the same thing; wanted a definite trade-in amount for her Buick. It took two sheets of paper so show her that the only important number was the one on her check.

In the end, she accepted $2100 less for her trade, but the dealer came off the Venza's price by a good bit more than that.....so Mom's bragging how much more she got for that Buick...and everybody's happy.
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i bought my last 3 cars from same salesman before the dealership went out with the whole gm thing. was pretty simple give me # 4 trade then new car price. can you do any better on price ?ok a couple hundred more off deals were done. i knew where i had to be, no games. i understand what you are saying but if im looking to get new ride at certain price from invoice and he gives me low # for trade theres no way to make up the difference
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Respectfully, buying a car is not a one-shot duel. You can go back at the salesman several times with what you want...and if he gives you a price that makes the spread higher than you intend to pay, tell him how far away he is from making that sale. Only talk Spread, and you won't get confused with all the glitter and BS.

He'll talk with his sales manager and will either agree with you or tell you how far apart you are. Again, your focus should be on the spread; not any other number.

It took two days for the salesgirl to call us back about the spread number we offered. She came up with a lot of numbers, rebates, factory incentives, etc. and all I asked her was about the spread; was it the number we'd offered? When she said, Yes, we went and picked up the car. Only then did we learn what the trade-in value was.
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I agree with bama. All you need to care about is the difference between your trade and what you need to pay to get the new vehicle.

I never even mention I have a trade-in until I have a firm price on the new vehicle. It should be considered two separate transactions.
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What is your opinion about doing the opposite; driving the trade into the lot (after you've done all your research on both new cars and the realistic trade-in price) and telling the salesman what you're ready to write a check for in addition to the trade?

If the MSRP is what the salesman sticks to, then he's going to give a huge trade-in for your car. If the price gets whittled down to bare bones, then the trade price will be low wholesale, right? As a sidebar, how fast a particular make/model are selling has a big influence on negotiations, too.

We must have car dealers on this site. Is there one "best" way to do this?
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quick update-couldn't get the right package or deal so i moved on and just bought a new ford edge will be getting it on tues. got close to what i wanted for the trade and used the x plan pricing plus received a coupon in the mail for an extra thousand off on top of the local incentives that i was able to use with the x plan

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