Re: Dealer Negotiations
Since I started this thread, I thought I'd report back what actually happened.
I picked up my black FJ on Friday, 4/7. I love it by the way! It had the convenience package, but not Upgrade package 1 as I had wanted. The good thing was they had ordered it with the alloy wheels, the locking rear diff, and side curtain air bags. The wheels and locking diff were the absolute must haves for me. They added the roof rack, rock rails, tow hitch, 5 pc all weather mats, and passenger arm rest.
I paid MSRP.
Do I care about 8 speakers versus 6 or a 6 cd changer? No. The stereo sounds great to me, and I use my ipod to hold my music so the cd changer was no big deal. The stereo controls on the steering wheel are insignificant, since the stereo is so close. And then I guess I got black shifter knobs instead of silver. A-Trac would have been nice, but truthfully when I go offroad, it's in the sand, and I don't think any of the A-Trac-like systems do well in sand. In fact, when Toyota took the FJ to Glamis, they turned off the A-Trac. You need some wheel spin in the sand. I'll take the locking rear diff any day over A-Trac, since both can't be active at the same time.
As far as the dealing went, once I was able to ward off the hottie they sent over to try and sell me undercoating, paint sealer, dent wizard service, interior protector, and Lojack, it was pretty smooth sailing.
I did buy an extended warranty. First time ever. I was able to talk them down a couple hundred bucks. The thing about this warranty that was pretty cool is that if you reach the end of the warranty period and haven't made a claim on it, you get the full price of the warranty back minus $50 for an administration fee. Claims on the original Toyota warranty don't count against getting the refund. I had a Toyota timing chain break once after the warranty. Even though I had all the proof of service, and everyone at Toyota said they had never seen a chain break like this, I still had to pay big time to get that engine fixed. That factored into my decision a lot.
The dealer gave free state inspections for as long as I own the truck and the first five oil changes for free.
Then when I was leaving, all the salesmen came out and gathered around and clapped while congratulating me on my puchase. The sales manager gave me a big golf umbrella as a gift. At the same time, a detailer was doing a few last minute buffs on the body with a microfiber cloth. Kind of felt like the awkwardness of being in a chain restaurant on your birthday and all the waitstaff have to come over and sing happy birthday to you.
So overall, I'm pretty happy. I love the truck. It's different than anything else I've driven, and I've been flagged down to stop so people could check it out in the neighborhood.
New car dealership experience was well - a new car dealer experience! Are there really any good experiences? There are just some much better than others and mine was better than many I've read about on this forum. It's much more enjoyable to buy a used car, but the rush of getting my FJ was worth the pain.
Last edited by Wolfbak; 04-10-2006 at 08:51 AM.