Hold Off Buying a 2010 Toyota Prius
Demand for the 2010 Prius is going to be extremely high while supplies are going to be very limited. This ensures you will NOT get a good deal on this car (at least for the first 6-12 months). To make matters worse, demand in Japan has been so high, Toyota will be limiting the number of deliveries to the US. Toyota had 80,000 advance orders for the car in Japan before debuting May 18th. Their original goal was to sell 100,000 cars for the entire year! Japanese buyers ordering today will have to wait 4 months for delivery.
Toyota will be working overtime to produce as many of these cars as they can. As is usually the case, the first models to roll off the assembly line tend to suffer more quality problems as engineers work out the kinks in the assembly process. This is another reason you will want to hold off buying right away.
So how long should you wait? It depends on how quickly Toyota can meet demand, but we recommend holding off your purchase until at least the end of the year.
If you're curious to see what price dealers in your area will be charging, or if you've already decided to buy no matter what, fill out our Price Quote Form and a local dealer will let you know the price they're willing to sell it for (if they have access to one, that is).
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar No-Haggle, CarsDirect, and Ryde Shopper are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
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