buying Toyota, Lexus Upgrade Tools So You Can Buy New Cars 100% Online
Used car prices jump 10%, thanks to new-car coronavirus crunch
Inventory shortages mean you're paying a lot more for a used car compared to last year, especially if you want a pickup truck.But for those moving to the used car market, it's a tough pill to swallow, too. Data shows used car prices are up a whopping 9.5% from this time last year. In dollars, the percentage increase translates to an average price hike of $2,193. The narrative remains the same, however. As more buyers can't find a new car they want due to inventory constraints, they're looking at a comparable used car. Supply and demand shows as more buyers want a used car, prices increase.
- Toyota's is meant to let shoppers buy online and have their vehicle delivered from their local dealership without ever needing to go there in person. Or, they can start shopping online, then go in and haggle.
- Only around 50 Toyota dealers use SmartPath today, but that number will double this spring.
- Lexus is involved in this, too, with a similar program called >>>P. Only a few dealers use Monogram, but Lexus will"aggressively accelerate availability through 2021."
Toyota customers like smart things. Lexus drivers prefer to have their things monogrammed. That's one way to look at an upgraded online car-shopping service the two brands are offering to U.S. Lexus and Toyota shoppers. The online tool is functionally similar no matter if you're looking foror a >>>P, but Lexus calls its service Monogram while Toyota's is called SmartPath.
Why Honda Civic, Subaru BRZ Are Keeping Manual Transmissions Alive
These new cars, plus the Mazda Miata and Ford Mustang, are some of the last hopes out there for stick-shift fans. Honda and Subaru both unveiled vehicles this week that offer manual transmissions: the 2022 Civic prototype and the 2022 BRZ.While sales numbers and availability of manual transmissions are shrinking, there remains an enthusiast market that is still hungry for three pedals. Young drivers are also still buying vehicles with manual transmissions.This week both the 11th-generation Honda Civic and 2022 Subaru BRZ were unveiled to the public.
The idea behind the year-and-a-half-old comprehensive retail program was to make buying a new Toyota or Lexus as easy as possible but, during>>>P, the mostly contact-free aspect has been a selling point as well. Toyota says a Cox Automotive digital shopping study from last April showed that two-thirds of shoppers are more likely to want to purchase a vehicle 100 percent online. Toyota first introduced SmartPath in September 2019 as a way to connect a car buyer's experience across a number of Toyota shopping sites, including Toyota.com, >>>P, and local dealership sites.
So far, out of the company's 1200-plus dealerships in the U.S., only around 50 currently have their inventory synced in SmartPath. Another 50 dealerships will get added later this spring. Only a small number of Lexus dealers are currently using Monogram in a pilot test in select markets, but Lexus says it plans to"aggressively accelerate availability through 2021."
What Was the Last 3-On-the-Floor Manual Car Americans Could Buy?
The 3-on-the-tree manual disappeared from new cars here after 1979. How about the 3-on-the-floor?Since General Motors was the last holdout to sell new US-market cars with three-on-the-tree manual transmissions, it comes as no surprise that GM also sold the last three-on-the-floor cars here (we're talking about cars, not trucks, remember; GM, Ford and Chrysler each sold trucks so equipped deeper into the 1980s). Those cars were built on the A (then in the process of being renamed the G) and F platforms for the 1981 model year, the best-known of which were the Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Camaro.
One of the big changes Toyota is making to SmartPath and Monogram this month is the ability to complete the entire purchase without ever visiting a dealership. The only non-digital part of the transaction is the handwritten signature that is required in some states, but even that can be done when the vehicle is dropped off at your home, according to>>>P.
Toyota said it made changes to SmartPath and Monogram by working hand in hand with Toyota Financial Services as well as dealers across the United States, and there's one obvious way the system prioritizes dealerships over customers. When browsing, shoppers can only check out one dealer's inventory at a time, instead of seeing all of the vehicles available regionally or nationally, or even by comparing prices at two dealerships.
Once a shopper has started selecting a vehicle and options in SmartPath or Monogram, they can visit the dealer to see the car or to haggle over the price. Everything they've entered into the site gets added to what Toyota calls a"digital garage," and this information then becomes available to the salesperson, which can save time during the visit. Dealers are not being forced to use SmartPath or Monogram and pay Toyota an undisclosed fee if they want to be included in the system, Automotive News reports.
Someone Just Bought the Oldest New Car for Sale in the U.S. .
A brief story of an unlikely 2014 Lotus Evora and a Connecticut car dealer whose unwavering loyalty was finally rewarded. A Connecticut dealer just sold a brand-new Lotus Evora S coupe after having it in stock for seven years.We're calling this the oldest new car sold in the U.S. Prove us wrong! The 2014 model now has an expired warranty, and it was sold for $20,000 under sticker. Don't worry, dealer Steve Plona's got other Lotus cars for sale, including the next-oldest: a 2018 Evora 400>>>P.Steve Plona just sold a new Lotus Evora—and it took him only seven years to do it.