Posted by A Sherman on September 10, 2005, 9:14 pm
Mine was delayed too. Salesman said car was "delayed at the railhead." and I
should expect it late this week.
The explanation he gave me on wait times runs as follows:
The allocation to dealers is not linked to Prius sales volume. Some dealers
(like mine) maintain a rigorous reservation system. Others do not keep a
waiting list but sell to whoever happens to come into the showroom when cars
are available. Should I believe this explanation?
Posted by Ingenuous on September 10, 2005, 9:21 pm
It doesn't jive with my dealer's situation. I heard of dealers receiving
several cars every month at a point where my dealer could only hope to get
one. When production was ramped-up my dealer started getting two a month.
Besides, it would make little sense to ship a dozen to a Toyota dealer in a
small town while shipping a dozen to a dealer in a large town.
Posted by A Sherman on September 10, 2005, 9:35 pm
"Ingenuous" wrote ...
My dealer is a small dealership in a relatively small town. People in the
area are very interested in preserving the environment which may lead to an
unusually high Prius order rate. I get the impression that this dealer's
waiting list has been extending 6 to 9 months and the dealer has been
receiving about 10-12 Prii per month lately. Not hard data, just impressions
from what has been said.
Posted by Paul Missman on September 10, 2005, 10:43 pm
I can understand some dealerships not wanting to keep a waiting list. My
dealer had to go to considerable effort to get a Prius that was in transit
in a color I would accept swapped for another Prius in transit in a color I
didn't want. It would be easier on the dealer, with the Prius in high
demand, to just wait until he had something on the lot, and then sell it to
the someone who was interested in it.
However, I don't believe the line that shipments are not tied to sales
volume. It sems that the distributerships try to send at least some Prii to
each dealer. But I'm sure that a town of 20,000 people gets fewer Prii than
a city of 1,000,000 people.
Hope to hear stories of you enjoying your new car soon.
Posted by dbs__usenet on September 11, 2005, 12:42 am
Just to put things in perspective....
When my wife bought her 1993 Toyota Camry she wanted the V6 XLE package
in blue without leather. She went through the exact same process as I am
reading here. The car was swapped with another dealer, was on the boat,
stuck at the port of entry, etc. 10 weeks from the date of order she
had her car. She's been happy with it since then.