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Posted by Dave Mundt on September 10, 2004, 4:07 pm
    Greetings and Salutations...

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:27:19 GMT, "aaron klein"

    Well, it is pretty normal, it seems, for mysterious charges
to appear at a dealership.  After all, their job is to get as much
cash out of you as possible for the minimal investment in time
and materials.
    However, perhaps you should read the contract carefully
(and pay attention to those TINY words at the end).   I suspect
that you will find, somewhere in there, a clause that allows
them to charge expedite fees or something like that...and THAT
is the $k "extra" you were talking about.   Now...while IANAL
if the contract was a solid offer for the MSRP, and does not allow
for "dealer Prep" and other fees, then, it is perhaps worthwhile
to take them to court.
    Just remember...they have been doing this a LOT longer
than you have, so I suspect that, unless they are massively stupid,
there are a number of clauses in the contract's fine print that
allow them to pump up the size of the final check you have to
write them.
    That is, alas, pretty much the way reality is these
    Dave Mundt

Posted by Michelle Steiner on September 10, 2004, 5:33 pm

Then you have a genuine legal claim against them; you can force them to
honor their contract.

I'd suggest that you get in touch with a newspaper or TV stations
consumer help line.  I'm sure that the dealer doesn't want the adverse
publicity that your claim would cause.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Vote for John Kerry.

Posted by Joker on September 11, 2004, 11:02 am
 On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:33:19 -0700, Michelle Steiner

You might also want to contact the regional Toyota office.

Posted by Lou Stewart on July 19, 2004, 3:54 am
 I've found Toyota to be pretty honest wrt availability of their models.
I'm not in the market for a new Prius because I'm so in love with my
2001 Prius, whom I have named Sparky.  She is a great member of my
family!  Although she is no spring chicken, she can not only outpace any
other vehicles on the road, she can also get up to 57 mpg when I keep my
lead foot off the gas.  Not only comfortable on a long trip, she can haul
most of what I need on a long trip unless camping is part of the plan.  For
that, I have
my 4Runner.  8)  I recently had to make an emergancy trip of over 1100 miles
in 15
hours.  She was equal to the test.

Posted by Kevin Kirkeby on August 6, 2004, 8:31 pm
 Not surprising. The Prius is one of the hottest, most popular cars
available, and unless gas goes to $0 a barrel, won't stop being popular. My
wife and I started the purchase process in September 2003 and took delivery
two months later. This was before the write-ups and before $ per gallon


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