• Bait and switch

    From Percival P. Cassidy@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 20 16:06:31 2018
    XPost: alt.autos.toyota, alt.autos.toyota.prius

    I just found two listings (by different dealerships in different States)
    for what purported to be used Prius Fours, which, when I checked the VIN
    at carfax.com, turned out to be Prius Twos.

    Is this kind of thing common with other models and makes, or is bait and
    switch easier and more common with Priuses because there is no badge on
    the back to indicate the trim level?

    Perce

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  • From News@21:1/5 to Percival P. Cassidy on Tue Mar 20 17:05:25 2018
    XPost: alt.autos.toyota, alt.autos.toyota.prius

    On 3/20/2018 4:06 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
    I just found two listings (by different dealerships in different States)
    for what purported to be used Prius Fours, which, when I checked the VIN
    at carfax.com, turned out to be Prius Twos.

    Is this kind of thing common with other models and makes, or is bait and switch easier and more common with Priuses because there is no badge on
    the back to indicate the trim level?

    Perce


    I have seen cases where Prius or Prius v that show as base models (i.e.
    2, 3 or Three) on the Toyota Owners site are legitimate factory
    up-market cars (i.e. models 4, 5, or Five), based on the features build out.

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  • From Percival P. Cassidy@21:1/5 to News on Tue Mar 20 19:28:35 2018
    XPost: alt.autos.toyota, alt.autos.toyota.prius

    On 03/20/2018 05:05 PM, News wrote:

    I just found two listings (by different dealerships in different
    States) for what purported to be used Prius Fours, which, when I
    checked the VIN at carfax.com, turned out to be Prius Twos.

    Is this kind of thing common with other models and makes, or is bait
    and switch easier and more common with Priuses because there is no
    badge on the back to indicate the trim level?

    I have seen cases where Prius or Prius v that show as base models (i.e.
    2, 3 or Three) on the Toyota Owners site are legitimate factory
    up-market cars (i.e. models 4, 5, or Five), based on the features build
    out.

    In at least one of those cases, I know that the purported Prius Four is
    only a Prius Two -- because I inspected the vehicle and found that it
    does not have the Prius Four features that were included in the seller's description and were the basis of the Kelly Blue Book estimate of the
    vehicle's fair market price (or whatever term Kelly uses) and the
    displayed "CARFAX Value."

    I found another listing where the heading said "Prius Four," but the
    detailed description was that of a Prius Two, and the price and the
    displayed "CARFAX Value" were appropriate for a Prius Two.

    Perce

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  • From Your Name@21:1/5 to Percival P. Cassidy on Wed Mar 21 13:45:06 2018
    XPost: alt.autos.toyota, alt.autos.toyota.prius

    On 2018-03-20 20:06:31 +0000, Percival P. Cassidy said:

    I just found two listings (by different dealerships in different
    States) for what purported to be used Prius Fours, which, when I
    checked the VIN at carfax.com, turned out to be Prius Twos.

    Is this kind of thing common with other models and makes, or is bait
    and switch easier and more common with Priuses because there is no
    badge on the back to indicate the trim level?

    Perce

    I find numerous errors in the local freebie cars for sale magazine
    (dealer adverts, not private sales), from simple errors such as the
    completely wrong photo through to ridiculous things like saying a Mazda MX-5/Miata has four doors.

    On the local eBay clone which has a vehicle section, there are cars
    also ridiculous descriptions. One not long ago was advertised as
    "unmodified" in the title, yet the description was on about it having
    been lowered, different driver's seat, bigger/louder exhaust, the
    pictures showed extra dials installed on top of the dashboard, etc. I
    actually posted a question querying how that could possibly be
    "unmodified" and the idiot simply replied with "thank you for your
    comment" and then had the question deleted. :-\

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