Toyoat dealer called me today and told me that they just purchased a 2009 with less than 5k miles at auction. Said that it would not last long and I should make a deposit. I asked how much they wanted before I came in.
So after seeing two local dealers jack the prices on these auction rigs coming out of the regional auction I decided to pick up the phone and call a Toyota dealer up North an hour, whom I bought a new 04' 4Runner from. Got the desk guy on the phone and told him I was frustrated with the lack of local inventory and felt the dealers on the Eastside were jacking the prices up based on weak supply. He told me they don't order or buy them based on the market they serve of blue collar folks.
He then said that they would be more than happy to negotiate a deal with me on a LC and go to auction and buy it for me if we could come to terms. Pay them a $2k fee and have written criteria for condition and options of an 08' LC. He shared some prices at recent weeks auction and these dealers are gouging people. Reducing there risk and paying a set fee makes more sense to me at this point. I am seriously considering doing this.
Nobody seems to be too excited about the GX and I while I like the new GX I am concerned about the size and huge price increase. I don't even know if I would pull the trigger on a new GX at $1k over invoice right now.