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I am new to forum and am not yet a prius owner. I am wondering about dealing that goes on at time of purchase. Is there any? If so, which areas of the country? etc... any help would be appreiciated. I am Old School when it comes to buying cars. You have to haggle over price. That does not seem to be the case in central Ohio for the Prius. Thanks again. Great site by the way. I look forward to putting the information here to good use when I buy mine.
 
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Mike,
Welcome to the forum. During the first 2 years of Prius sales in the US of A, Prius could only be ordered using the Internet. Pricing was uniformly MSRP. The Internet ordering system was to ensure that each car built had a buyer. Honda however used the traditional dealer vehicle alotment system with the Insight. Many of which are parked on dealer lots at discounted prices. Starting in April (I believe) Prius will be freely available on Dealer lots. I suspect that pricing may start to vary...

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Mike,

In Columbus, GA I got a reductiion in price by making counter offers. The dealership was ready to sell this 2002 Prius since it had been on their lot for 2 weeks.

Alton Keown
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I ordered mine from the local Toyota dealer in New Holland PA on June 14, 2001. I paid list price to the penney and at that time they were scarce and no room to negotiate. I put $ 500 downpayment and the dealer ordered it directly from Japan. I never ordered it from the internet, so that statement that they needed to be ordered on the internet is incorrect. I was only able to get dealer (Scrap Price) for my 1986 Regal Buick with 104,000 miles. (500 Bucks) on trade-in, but I am very well satisfied since delivery on Dec. 14th. I believe Toyota is starting to make a profit and the waiting time is down to about 6 weeks, so there is probably a little room to negotiate now.

Don Good, Ephrata PA
 
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Don,
Chances are that you were asked for your SSN so that the dealer could do your Internet registration for you. The need for a SSN was to keep dealears from ordering cars to sell off the lot. Most of us did the Internet part ourselves. No matter, the Internet registration has been discontinued for the Prius and is being used for the EV Rav4 and the Scion (I believe). It will be interesting to see if some dealers start to offer to order a Prius at MSRP or sell you one off the lot for $1000 more.

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I think you are correct. If my memory is correct, I am fairly certain I did give the dealer my SSN when I odered the car

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