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When it comes time to buy, I'll probably be looking to purchase in fairly short order. While I'd rather do business locally, I don't know that I'm going to be willing or able to wait 3 to 4 months for my local dealership to get a car I want in. Does anyone have any experience with any of the folks who post in the dealer section and if so, would you be willing to share them?

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I recently had experience from buying from a dealer who posts in the dealer section. Through internet posting I discovered on June 15,2005 that a dealer 85 mile away had exactly what I wanted in-stock on the showroom floor for immediate delivery. Through e-mail and telephone calls with Mike Guenette, internet sales consultant, we worked out a negotiated
price and the next day I drove and took delivery of the new vehicle. Everything at this dealership exceeded my expectations: all the paperwork was complete for my signature and, after a brief introduction to the service department, sales manager, and general manager, I was happily on my way home. This was the most pleasant automotive buying experience I have had in 43 years of buying cars. No dealer gimmicks;no deceptive, last-minute surprises; no pressure to buy "vehicle protection packages; not "bait-and-switch". Mike Guenette ([email protected]) 1.800.688.8570 from Riverside Auto Mall made buying a new vehicle simply enjoyable: "Oh....what a feeling!" Another purchaser of Prius in-stock arranged a "fly-n-drive" package with Mike by telephone and email and will be picking up his new Prius at the Marquette, Michigan airport....courtesy of Mike!! What more can you ask for in a saleman and dealership? He also has additional Prius' in-stock NOW for immediate delivery!
 

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hyperion said:
dzitlow, you failed to mention the magic word. ...MSRP?... or lower??
I haven't found a car yet that I'm willing to pay over MSRP for.
 

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Christopher said:
When it comes time to buy, I'll probably be looking to purchase in fairly short order. While I'd rather do business locally, I don't know that I'm going to be willing or able to wait 3 to 4 months for my local dealership to get a car I want in. Does anyone have any experience with any of the folks who post in the dealer section and if so, would you be willing to share them?

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Christopher
Brought a new 05 Salsa Red Pearl #6 home yesterday. While the dealer actually did have one on the lot a month ago, I opted for an order so that I would get the options I wanted. He said that it would take "about a month." I was surprised at the relative shortness.

However, that was the case. He called about a week after I ordered and said that our vehicle was on "Ship #626" and delivery was expected at the Jacksonville Fla port on June 23 with about 3 days to reach the dealership in SC. The vehicle was delivered to him June 24 at about 5:00 pm. When he called, they had already started the Post Delvery checks. We picked it up yesterday morning.

Color us satisfied. I do not know where you are located, but we got ours from ToyotaCenter (http://www.toyotacenter.com) in Columbia SC. The salesman, Ted King, humored me a lot. I recommend them.

Bob :D
 

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I'm in SE Michigan. I don't mind making a drive isn't out of the question, but it'd pretty much be limited to a weekend kind of thing. I did a weekend drive to Maryland to purchase my Turbo Z about 5 years ago.
 
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hyperion said:
Just a suggestion but I believe it's a good idea to purchase any car locally at a dealership with a good reputation. Personally I would choose ownership of an H2 over a Prius if my only choice was between the dealer with a good rep and the one charging $5,000 over list cause "that's what the market will bear"
Good Points! But in a sparely populated area like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there aren't many "local dealers" to select from and their reputations (word-of-mouth) are varied. It is fortunate to have a nearby dealer who's goal is customer satisfaction and that doesn't engage in deception, "bait-and-switch", compulsory "vehicle protection-appearance" packages the pick the pockets of buyers, and other misleading practices.
 

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hyperion said:
Just a suggestion but I believe it's a good idea to purchase any car locally at a dealership with a good reputation. Personally I would choose ownership of an H2 over a Prius if my only choice was between the dealer with a good rep and the one charging $5,000 over list cause "that's what the market will bear"
I feel pretty much the same way about choice of a vehicle. I simply won't buy from a dealer who gouges the consumer in the interest of short term profits.

The dealers in the area I've talked to have told me it will be up to 4 months to get the car. I haven't heard of any mark up. I would like to purchase locally. But once I actually decide to purchase the car, I'm going to want to do then. Not in 3 or 4 months. I dont' really want to wait a month, either.

I could have put a deposit down and go a place in line, but two things have prevented that. One is lack of funds. I've been unemployed for the last 2 years while I have been in school and doing clinical work so tying up my limited money for a new car was not an option. The second, is, well, lack of funds. I didn't want a car I ordered to come in early before I had a job, and have no way to get financed or get payments. In the last month I have graduated and completed my clinical work. I start my new job tomorrow so if I can bear to part with my current car a new car is in my near future.

The car I drove to Maryland to get was a used car and bought directly from the owner. Dealers were unwilling to try to locate one for me, and I can't say that I blame them. I had spent a lot of time looking for that specific car (make, model, color, options) and that's where it was. A buddy and I took a weekend, drove down, had the car inspected and drove back that night.
 
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