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Old 06-29-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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Never seen anything like it.

I go to all the Honda and Toyota dealerships within a 200 mile radius of my home. Not one Honda Fit, Honda Civic, Toyota corolla, or Toyota Yaris to be found on any lot. What they will do is take your name and add it to a waiting list with a $1000-$1500 deposit. Then when the car arrives in usually 3-4 weeks, you can have one. The price is fixed, no negotiating and is usually about $1500-$2000 over MSRP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I look online, sites like craigslist and people are firmly asking more then MSRP for a new one, for their used car, usually with 20,000-30,000 miles! Wow!

For example: Under normal market conditions, a nicely loaded 2009 Toyota Corolla can be purchased for about $16,500-$17,500 new at any dealer. At all the dealers I went to, most were at least $19,500 for the same car. Look online and you will see people selling their 2007 used ones for $17,000-$22,000!

I was not planing to GIVE AWAY my truck, but rather purchase a nice gas savor and let the truck sit, except for special occasions. I was only going to drive the truck to tow my trailer or when I needed to haul something. For the time being, I guess I'll keep driving it.

The sad part is, I would guess many thousands of Americans would like to do their part to conserve fuel, but they have no option. There really are no fuel efficient cars available to purchase and this is a tragedy in my opinion. We all need to cut our consumption down to ease this enery crisis and drop prices, but I wonder how many others are stuck drivng gas hogs, when they would change that if they could? If you want to get real angry, real fast, just visit your local Honda or Toyota dealer.
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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Where the heck do you live? My coworker was able to score a toyota hybrid at 21k (Originally was quoted 28k) just a week ago. Might wanna try a metropolitan area.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:17 PM
 
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I never went with the SUV fad. I park the pig, a '84 Toyota 4x4 pickup 20 mpg. My daily driver is a '95 Tercel that gets 39 mpg. We never had any trouble getting our new '08 Corolla LE for 17,500 OTD in January. You must not have any dealers close by. Have you tried an internet car broker? We were going to use one but the savings was not that much and our dealer said she would match the price, what ever the quote was. She did and exceeded it.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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Even if they are in short supply in some areas, Toyota and Honda will ramp up production in no time, add another shift or whatever.

Meanwhile I better keep a closer eye on my two Corollas...somebody might steal 'em!
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Aren't small Fords and GMs in tight supply, too?
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Meanwhile I am looking for a Dodge pickup with Cummins engine or Ford with 7.3 International for a good price. Oh and still drive the big block 1969 Dodge Charger in the meantime.
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Six months berfore my son left for Iraq he bought a Dodge Durango, against our advice ofcourse. He is sooooooo upside down on it I think his loan must be 35K and it's worth about what now 10K. What are these people suppose to do with these dinosaurs?
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Meanwhile I am looking for a Dodge pickup with Cummins engine or Ford with 7.3 International for a good price. Oh and still drive the big block 1969 Dodge Charger in the meantime.
Love my Dodge Cummins mega cab. , I don't care what it is worth. I figure I will just work a little harder , looking for a couple of those mini-boxes , buy em cheap, put a paint job on them , and sell, sell. ..Then , I will use the profit , to pay for the Diesel fuel....The SUV fad never meant much to me, I use my truck , just like I used my Suburban before it. I for one , am glad to see the SUV thing as a fad thats run its coarse. The whole thing just ran up the price for those of us out there who had a real need for light duty utility transportation vehicles.Never wanted a Hummer.....still don't,even when the price comes down.
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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The Toyota/Honda dealers around here have tons of the mentioned cars.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I would consider buying a Humvee (H1) If it's cheap enough. Someone was selling one for 12,000.00 on craigslist, I am curious to see how low they can go!
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