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Posted by Paul Missman on October 12, 2005, 1:50 am
 

Let me preface this by saying:  If you want a Prius, you should definately
persue it.  I'm sure that you can find one if you search for it.

However:

Today, in response to the usual sales followup letter, I called the
salesperson that sold me my Prius last month.  He said that he was glad we
managed to complete the transaction.  He said that, currently, he has a 2
page waiting list for the Prius.  He is quoting 1 - 1 1/2 year delivery.
Apparently, in addition to high demand from the public, some rental car
companies have placed an order with Toyota for 70,000 Prii.  I certainly
hope that Toyota can ramp production pretty fast.  They are probably
accelerating the movement of hybridization into their other models also.

I knew demand and wait times were up, but I had no idea they had gotten this
far.

OK, like I said, don't let the above deter you.  There may be other dealers
with far better supply chains than my dealer in western Virginia.

Paul




Posted by Bob Wilson on October 12, 2005, 4:39 am
 


I bought my 2003 Prius via Ebay and I see there are new and used units
that continue to come available. The Ebay, completed listings show cars
are being bought and sold.

Bob Wilson

Posted by richard schumacher on October 12, 2005, 2:27 pm
  bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:



As a completely satisfied Prius owner I must offer two caveats:

2001-2003 Priuses are rather different than 2004+ models.  

Be very careful of buying one that was in an accident and not repaired
by a Toyota-certified Prius technician (or worse, of course, a salvaged
Prius).  They are complicated cars, and some significant damage can go
undetected and unrepaired.

Posted by Bob Wilson on October 13, 2005, 12:44 am
 

Agreed but even the 2001-2003 Priuses are so much better than the
alternatives.


Our loan officer was very helpful and her best recomendation was to buy
from a dealer. This solves the problem of title and most of the vehicle
inspection.

One other recommendation is to know the Blue book value of the different
cars. When I saw mine for $ k under Blue book, it was an easy decision.
BTW, to buy a car on Ebay you have to meet some additional rules to
verify you have credit.

Go well prepared and not be in a hurry and there are good deals that
show up from time to time.

Bob Wilson

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