the local Toyota's "Internet Sales Managers" have been RELENTLESS with their follow up emails and phone calls. toyota must be hurting for sales!

  • rnch

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    Aug 15, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    multiple follow up email and telephone call contacts, promises of better than industry trade in values, discounted sticker prices, free oil changes for life, zero percent for 5 years financing...all of this would have been unheard of a few years ago. icon_eek.gif

    everytime i have tried to buy a car or truck from a toyota dealer in the past 15 years i found them to be arrogant, inflexable, smug, price gouging bastards. icon_mad.gif

    how times have changed!

    a couple of recalls and "unintended acceleration" issues have made them quite flexable and hungry for business.

    Karma's payback IS a bitch!
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    Aug 15, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    Fuck'em with a used dildo and buy a previously owned Toyota. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 15, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    dayum time to buy my tundra!!!
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    Aug 15, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    Well of course they're hurting! No one wants to buy a car that the gas pedal gets stuck to the floor!
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    Aug 15, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 saidWell of course they're hurting! No one wants to buy a car that the gas pedal gets stuck to the floor!
    From what I see in traffic, it seems people prefer to buy cars with the BREAK pedal stuck to the floor. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 15, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 saidWell of course they're hurting! No one wants to buy a car that the gas pedal gets stuck to the floor!


    Or not - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704164904575421603167046966.html?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTWhatsNews
    "Five months into an investigation of safety issues involving Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, U.S. safety officials have yet to identify any new defects beyond those reported by the car maker itself. And in more than half of the crashes blamed on sudden acceleration analyzed by the government, data from the vehicles' "black boxes" show the driver was not stepping on the brake at the time of the accident—indicating that driver error may have been at fault."

    Of course, the first clue should have been the disproportionate number of old people where the pedal supposedly got stuck. The public relations nightmare, while not handled particularly well by Toyota, was also driven by remarkably self serving comments by the current administration following their takeover of GM.

    On the other hand, I think it served a bit of a wake up call on how Toyota does business and increasing issues with respect to quality. That also hasn't hurt them though apparently:

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100804/BUSINESS0104/100804037/1320/Toyota-reports-2.2B-profit-for-latest-quarter - "The results show Toyota’s continued dependence on North America, where it converted a year earlier loss of about $187 million into an operating profit of $1.27 billion, despite recalling more than 8 million vehicles, mostly for the risk that sticking gas pedals or floor mat entrapment can cause sudden acceleration."
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    Aug 15, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    Well I don't think that are the only ones who are desperate for sales, all the Ford commercials seem so needy. Plus good thing is now all big car manufactures have realized the importance of good gas mileage. Also though a lot of surveys say that people don't trust Toyota, most of the people I know have Toyota, Lexus or Honda and many in last one year, so am not sure how real the surveys are.
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    Aug 15, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    It's not just Toyota. All dealerships are hurting right now. I heard a report that car sales from all makers have dropped big time recently. Not sure why but it could be because unemployment rates bumped up recently as well.

    Besides, a majority of new cars I see on the road these days are lower prices economy cars. I think some/most people have learned their lesson; They have shifted their attitude towards thrift, and not so much towards excess.