30 September 2004

Grrr (not vrrrroom)

No news from the car dealer, though they answered my call and haven’t forgotten me. I’m watching various web forums on the off chance I can find a Prius within a day’s travel. If not, well, hopefully Toyota will ship on time and the car will reach the dealer on time and I’ll be able to buy it just in time for us to leave for Austin.

One effect of Prius demand exceeding supply is that some local dealers are selling second hand cars for more than the MSRP of a brand new one. Though I hasten to add that they stand no chance of selling me a second hand car for more than the cost of a new one.

Nor, for that matter, am I prepared to buy from a scalper. eBay has quite a few of them—people who buy a Prius for MSRP from a reputable dealer, and then immediately turn around and try to sell it for a few thousand over MSRP. And there are people who’ll buy, which is the sad part.

Me, I’d rather drive across the country in a second hand Subaru wagon than put $3K of my money in a scalper’s pocket. But if you see Priuses being sold in New England for MSRP or under, please do let me know…

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