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Hi all. I'm in California and working with an auto broker to get a 2007 Prius. He's telling me that all Priuses (Prii?? ) come with floor mats -- to the tune of $199. He says it's part of MSRP, but I'm not convinced.

Another Toyota dealership quoted me the same $22,175 MSRP (plus additional car destination charge) and said nothing of $200 more for floor mats.

For my own peace of mind, can anyone tell me if "Floor mats required" is True or False?

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I took delivery of my '06 about two months ago and the floor mats were included in the MSRP (I didn't see them listed anywhere else as an upcharge, they just appeard when I took delivery of the car...but the cost could have easily been buried somewhere else).

Go with your gut feeling and the dealer with whom you've the most experience and "trust" (and I use the latter rather loosely). The cost of the floormats isn't that much, really, I think...for me, more the principle of the matter.

How they handle things like this might be indicative of their response to other issues which may arise in the future.

Oh, and one more thing...you're not thinking about NOT using floor mats, are you? I don't think the base material on the floor seems that durable. Plus there are those little hooks on the driver's side.
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Hey Pinto_Girl - thanks for your reply. Hope you're enjoying your new car!

Yeah, I'd say for me it's both the money and the principle. I can get floor mats for $20 at Kragen's. My thinking is, "Why pay $200?" I also don't like being told it's part of MSRP when the Toyota Web site itself lists floor mats as an accessory.

I'd be really curious if there was a line item on your bill for floor mats...

Anyway, thanks again.
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Tell them no floor mats. You will get rid of them anayways and get some type of all weather maps that will not stain and hold any water/snow spillage from yoru shoes.
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They were added to my invoice. I said "we don't want them." The dealer took them off without argument. We got WeatherTechs instead, far better and cheaper too.
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Floor mats are an accessory that a dealer could remove. Many dealers won't though.
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Hate to repeat what others have said. Floor mats are not required. They can pull them out "at the port" as my dealer puts it. I told them that I will only get the car at the price without the floor mats. I think they will not want to lose a sell because of the floor mats. Now that I think about it, they didn't even want to give me free floor mats!
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Hey everybody, thanks for the info. I'll go back to the broker and tell him it's no deal unless he throws the mats in for free. Or doesn't give me mats at all. I don't really care.

The irony: I went to a broker to avoid the haggling that usually goes on at dealerships, but I'm still having to do it to get the broker to earn his fee!
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I ordered a car with no options except side airbags. Naturally, after waiting 7 months it has the floor mats and first aid kit and grocery sack holder in the back and a totally useless plastic covering on the rear bumper. I was very perturbed and said I didn't want them. Salesman says that's how the port sent it, it's the only one I can get now, he'll just sell the car to someone else. Said I could get one that I wanted but it might be quite a wait. After 20 minutes of me acting huffy and him not backing down (he was actually quite adament) I caved in. It was the only bad experience about buying the car (which I got at MSRP).

Oh well... won't be buying from THAT dealer ever again.
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I ordered a car with no options except side airbags. Naturally, after waiting 7 months it has the floor mats and first aid kit and grocery sack holder in the back and a totally useless plastic covering on the rear bumper. I was very perturbed and said I didn't want them. Salesman says that's how the port sent it, it's the only one I can get now, he'll just sell the car to someone else. Said I could get one that I wanted but it might be quite a wait. After 20 minutes of me acting huffy and him not backing down (he was actually quite adament) I caved in. It was the only bad experience about buying the car (which I got at MSRP).

Oh well... won't be buying from THAT dealer ever again.
Well, I've been doing the huffy thing all night! LOL.

May I ask - when you say you got it at MSRP, do you mean the "base MSRP plus destination charge" or the "total, paying for the mandatory accessories that came with it"? Someone pointed me to some inventory lists online, and it appears that MSRPs can vary for the exact same model/color/interior cars. Toyota, as a company, just sends cars with random accessories and tags on the additional costs, but still calls it MSRP.

I don't like it one bit... But I'll still get the Prius.
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