Join Date: Apr 2019
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What do you all mean by "Ordered a hybrid"?
I'm seeing all kinds of posts where folks claim to have custom ordered a Rav4 hybrid. I'm in a rural county in Northern California, dealers here claim they can't order. I put in an "order" today but it went like this. My local dealer had a list of what Toyota intended to send them, cars (trims/options anyway) over which they have no choice. One of them was a hybrid Limited but it had a pano roof, no thanks, and the tech package, also no thanks. So he found another car, to my liking*, that Toyota will ship, when built, to some other dealer. He will contact that other dealer to see whether they are willing to swap. That constitutes "ordering" in my neck of the woods.
To confirm this, I had an email discussion with another dealer who chastized me for thinking this was a world where you could just custom order a car from Toyota, at least according the Build protocol on Toyota's website. I know I did this with my Highlander 8 years ago. Is this a local thing? Are some or all of you actually placing orders and putting money down?
* To my liking once I remove the mudguards! The dealer didn't guarentee but he though he'd try to swap them out for the cross bars. BTW, I'm not disparaging my local dealer, they are one of the only two dealers I've encountered that post real, meaningful discounts on their site. I like that.