Our beloved 2010 Rav4 was rear ended over the Christmas holidays in 2021. It was deemed totaled in February 2022. We started looking for a Rav4 Hybrid in April. In Washington State, there's no shortage of discretionary income and many dealers are charging as much as $7k over MSRP, and easily getting it. The money is not the issue but my wife and I have a strong philosophical problem with being charged an ADM or mandatory options that are basically an ADM. We worked with a few in-state but not local dealers who were selling at MSRP but they eventually all had policy changes so they only sold to residents close to them. Yesterday, as the new allocations hit the dealer websites, we saw a built, in-transit Rav4 Hybrid at a dealership 85 miles away that was what we wanted. We called, found it was available at MSRP and with no mandatory options, and 30 minutes later it is reserved in our name for an early to mid-April delivery. This dealership, just six days ago, changed their policy to allow them to sell to non-local residents. It's a Japan production, scheduled to arrive on our shores in late March, and then an expected two week delivery to our dealership.
We canceled a big road trip last August because our other two cars are a two-seat short range electric car and a two seat sports car. No way either was going to make the distance, nor be able to drive dirt roads to hiking trailheads. We have the same road trip planned for this August and were really thinking we would have to cancel again. We were prepared to buy anywhere in the country and make a road trip of it coming back home but despite lots of searching this year, could not find any Rav4 Hybrid configured as we wanted it.
We are super lucky to have struck gold, especially since practically every Rav4 Hybrid is sold before it hits the local dealership lots. I didn't ask why this was available but am glad it was. My wife and I can't wait!