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Toyota Prius extended warranty 7 year / 100,000 miles

When I bought my Prius the finance guy offered me a pre-paid maintenance plan for $1,275 and the Toyota Platinum Extra Care plan for $1,375.

After briefly perusing the web I found that the Prius Chat forums offer a Discounted Toyota Extended Warranty plan through Warranty Shack. Don’t be fooled by the website’s shoddy looks. It is actually a side website offered by Troy Dietrich from Toyota of Greenfield, Massachusetts. It is the exact same plan as sold by my dealer, but for substantially less at $990. Many people in the priuschat forums and Yahoo! Prius owners group vouch for this discount so I figured I’ll give it a try to save myself some cash for the warranty and service work. I also called the dealership to confirm that Mr. Dietrich is in fact a real person (he is). I sent my check. Now we wait to see if I get ripped off.

Toyota Pre-paid maintenance plan

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The finance guy at the Toyota dealership was pushing a pre-paid maintenance plan on me while he was setting up insurance and registration for me. He quoted it at $1,275 for the 4 year plan: 8 minor, 2 intermediate, and 1 major service.

After some research I found that I can get the same service package for $875 via another Toyota dealer on the internet. It sounds suspicious but I will do more research into the matter.

actual price for 2008 Toyota Prius package 2

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OK, so saying that I would buy a Honda Fit in a previous blog I went with the Toyota Prius with package 2. It was the only package 2 they had left on the lot. I bought the car at City Toyota in Daly City, California for $25,500 out the door. Out the door means that is the price including California 8.25% tax, DMV registration, license plates, and any other fees.

I doubt I got the best price but at least I didn’t pay full sticker. The problem was that I did not do as much pricing research because I was distracted by the Fit. You should see the Edmunds Toyota Prius Prices Paid and Buying Experience forum. Lots of people post their deals.

For interested people MSRP was about $23,909. Extra dealer add-ons included door guards, wheel locks, and floor mats that theoretically should have cost ~$1,000. The full sticker price was quoted at $24,999 including DOC fee but not including tax.

My salesperson was a really nice guy from abroad. Apparently he has a PhD in chemical engineering from University of Oklahoma but can’t get a job these days because of age discrimination. That’s a sad commentary on the state of our employers. After speaking with him, he told me commissions are only $100 per car sold. They get bonuses based on performance and evaluations later. Interesting!

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