The Great Car Hunt is Finished - 2012 Prius 3
|The soon-to-be-ours 2013 Prius 3|
We were close to Holler Hyundai in Winter Park that Thursday evening, so we drove over to look at the Elantra GT. We'd read a lot about the GT, much of it very good. What we saw Thursday made us even more predisposed towards the GT, so we made an appointment to go back over Saturday for a test drive. We drove it, liked it, and then put together a single-page straw man payment plan. With that payment plan in our hip pocket we drove over to Courtesy Toyota to look at the 2012 Prius 3.
Earlier in the week my wife sent out a number of emails to various local dealerships looking for the best value they had for the 2012 Prius. She decided that color was no longer an issue; all she wanted was the best possible price for a Prius 3. She got a number of responses, the best being from Courtesy Toyota. After our visit to Holler Hyundai we drove over and talked to the salesman who'd sent us the quote.
After a quick introduction we got down to business. The Toyota salesman had the Prius prepped and pulled around for a test drive. Then she and the salesman test drove the 2012 while I stayed behind. I already know how the Prius handles as both a drive and a passenger, and this Prius was for my wife. There was no reason for me to tag along. This was all about my wife.
Once we got back we got a second set of quotes. My wife has had considerable back reconstructive surgery due to arthritic damage. Saturday turned out to be a bad flare day for her and she was in considerable pain. So I drove her home to give her time to take some pain meds and to recharge a bit. It was during that period that we came to the decision to buy the Prius.
|The sophisticated cockpit of the 2013 Prius|
|My wife's old 1970 lady bug floor mats|
The Prius is in our driveway now, and my wife has made it her own. Those lady bug floor mats were the first accessories my wife purchased for her first car in 1970, a car her dad purchased for her. She only bought two because that's all she could afford. Those floor mats have been all over the country and in every vehicle that's been hers ever since. They're something of a good luck charm. They're in the back because Toyota has this stricture about nothing but their designated floor mats in the front. Whatever, they're in her vehicle just like they've been in every other vehicle.
|2013 Hyundai Elantra GT with all packages|
|Fitting my wife's wheelchair into the back of the Elantra|
|2013 Elantra's rear backup camera with distance overlays|
Sales Staff Acknowledgement
I want to acknowledge the professional sales staff of both Holler Hyundai and Courtesy Toyota. Both individuals were eager to help and treated us with dignity and respect. The sales consultant who helped us at Holler is
Micheal FriedmanThe sales consultant who helped us at Courtesy Toyota and eventually sold us the Prius is
Sales and Leasing Consultant
1150 N. Orlando Ave,
Winter Park Florida 32789
Bob LavinBoth gentleman are as excellent as are the vehicles they sell. We picked the Prius because it best fit our unique needs, not because we felt it was necessarily "superior". I consider Hyundai and Toyota the two best car makers in the world. It was really tough to pick one over the other, but we did, and we deeply appreciate both salesmen allowing us to really make sure of our decision.
Internet Sales Manager
225 N. Semoran Boulevard
Winter Park Florida 32792
Unlike other dealerships, neither salesman put any kind of pressure on us to make a decision right then and there. Both worked very hard to help us. To show how good a class act Mr. Friedman is, when I called to tell him of our decision to buy the Prius he was very gracious and thanked me for allowing him to help us. He later sent an email to my wife congratulating her. I feel if it had gone the other way Bob Lavin would have been just as gracious.
This is the kind of class-act salesmanship that is so lacking at many dealerships, including other Toyota dealerships. I still have my 2009 Prius and I take it to Toyota of Orlando for service, where I purchased it. Service is great there and so we thought about talking to the sales staff at Toyota of Orlando when we started this process. But every time we asked any questions or sought to just look at the car, we were essentially harassed by followup phone calls, asking when we were going to come back in to purchase the car. Courtesy won our business away from Toyota of Orlando because of the excellent way Bob Lavin treated us.