Originally Posted by humanoid
Suck it up and get the tires, they are what is between you and the road. Tell your story, I'm sure some of us would love to hear it.
LOL, OK, my story.
I'm a skinflint, drive cars till they rot, So I have this 1997 RAV4 that had to go in to the dealer for the engine check light coming on. It's an overnight job and they (Lewisville Toyota) very graciously give me a loaner. The loaner is a nice new Highlander and man, does it drive a lot nicer than the old RAV...
So the next day when I return to the dealer I ask the lady in the service dept if she has a buddy in the sales dept, since I'd like toi find out what the Highlander Hybrid would cost me. (I've been drooling and reading up on the HiHy since about when they came out).
She introduce me to her "buddy" and I ask him (politely) for a cash, on-the road price for a low-spec (2wd) HiHy. He has a nice one on the floor and shows it to me. I decline the test drive (I just spent a day in the cabin of a regular Highlander) and said all I need was cash price, no trade.
He goes off, finds another guy, they walk me over to a desk, ask me for identification (why?) and goes off. About 20 minutes later they come back with the price sheet (MSRP) from the side window of the Highlander. So I asked if that is the price with TT&L, etc.. They seem flustered and the guy scribbels $33,000 on the price sheet. So when I make to take the price sheet he grabs it back and says he can't give it to me - I should wait a while. So I sit and wait and eventually dealer guy one comes back and surfs onto the Toyota.com website to show me the '08 model features. I'm suprelemly disinterested, I saw the website the night before. Another 20 minutes of this and I give up, wander back to the service area, pay the bill and drive off in my RAV4.
Back home I used the AAA.com website (Dealix?) and got a few internet quotes. I got about 15 emails, 3 with real prices in them. So I contacted the guy at Toyota of Dallas and arranged to go see him. Unfortunately, the car he had available had horrible, aftermarket leather seats in it, my wife refused to take a car with that kind of seats.
So he asked us to wait a few minutes, disappeared off into a back office and came back with an offer that they would ship in another highlander if we were interested. He looked on the computer ,located a slightly cheaper one in Arkansas and we arranged a deal. This was Saturday. The next Saturday we drove in, the car was there, took up a very low-key (nothing like the crap I had when I bought the RAV4) sales pitch for an extended warranty (no offers on the lo-jack or anything else, they must have senses I weren't interested) and in about 90 minutes flat we were out of there with the new HiHy. Total on the check (including ext. warranty, TT&L) was $34, 355 - if I got taken, at least it was gentlemanly, I don't feel ripped off and the price was right in line with the other two prices.
So, this week when my plates got in, I drove past the Toyota of Lewisville dealership to get the plates at Toyota of Dallas. On the way back, I stopped in and asked to see the sales guy that couldn't/wouldn't give me a price. I noticed that their HiHy (which they said was in demand and would probably sell that weekend) was still sitting on the floor. Man, you should have seen that sales guy's smile when he recognized me. The sile lasted all until I asked him if he could recall what price they asked for their Highlander. When he started prevaricating, I asked him if he'd like to see my new HiHy and hear the price on that. He was't so keen after that...
Anyway, I now have to go find a Michelin tire dealer....