Does getting one without ordering at all count? Not being a previous Prius owner I wasn't able to pre-order on-line and the dealer's were way too vague about delivery times for my taste, so I decided to wait until the first shipments arrived to see if anyone backed out on their deal. I knew the '04s were supposed to arrive mid- to late-October, so I started calling all the dealers in my area on the afternoon of October 29th. By seven o'clock I'd found two that people had decided not to buy; one on the lot, another somewhere on a truck. I told the salesperson with the car on the lot that I'd be down when they opened their doors the next morning. Test drove it and bought the car on the spot. It helped that I didn't really care about the color or options. As it turned out I got the color I like best (silver) with package #1. The only other option I would have liked to have is the side air bags, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. Technically, I suppose you could say I had been waiting since last spring, since that's when I decided to delay my purchase until the new model came out, but I feel pretty lucky getting my car the way I did. I know there are other 04's out there, but yesterday was the first time I've seen another one on the road.whatshisname said:Last Monday I encountered a happy owner who waited only two days for his new 2004 Prius after ordering. Can anyone beat that?
Yep. While finalizing the paperwork on my purchase another potential customer was circling my car like a shark and the other sales people kept coming by to see if was going to buy or not. Ever since I bought the car I've had a series of Toyota commercial moments: people peering in the windows when you come out of the grocery store; pedestrians gawking as you glide by in stealth mode. Early one morning last week I was coasting around a gentle curve near a playfield. A young mother, golden retriever in tow and pushing a baby in a stroller, was walking toward the park with her little boy. When the boy saw me coming he started jumping up and down and pointing at the Prius. The three of us exchanged waves as I drove past. One of those odd moments in life that you can't fully understand, but make you feel good anyway.petej88 said:I could have had a new Prius with no wait when I first visited Toyota. It had just arrived off the truck and was prepped. I took it for a test ride with my daughter. The next morning I took my wife for a test ride. They didn't like the color so I ordered one and am playing the waiting game now. That same Prius was sold within one hour after I walked away (darn).
I'm number 1 on the waiting list and hope to get "it" within a few weeks. My sales person said there are currently 800 Prius models on allocation for buyers in my area (Oregon). It's a feeding frenzy.