Buying a 2010 Toyota Matrix, and saving $1500 off of MSRP.
Initially, I wasn't looking for a hatchback or cross-over, but a sedan. It was first suggested to me by my sister, then the consultant, Lisa mentioned she wondered whether I had considered something other than a sedan. Actually, it might be that I had done my research and appeared to be quite decided on a sedan, but if she had suggested the benefits of such a vehicle, I might have been persuaded earlier to look. With the wholesale reports, at least I knew ahead of time what to expect. The main thing was that I just needed to test drive. Since the time in needed the vehicle coincided with the winter and the changeover of model years, it was not a bad time to be looking... so at least the heater can be tested and the performance of the vehicle in snowy conditions can also be checked out. That's where the broker, Lisa was very helpful, since she deals with a variety of brand dealerships and has many connections with various across the GTA from her 20 years of experience. Lisa kept in regular touch with me to guide me through the process, since this was the first car I ever bought for myself. It was indeed a big deal for me. She was also useful to tell me the pros and cons of additional accessories I was considering, such as "stone guard" for the hood, or snow tires. We did manage to whittle down the choices and the main reason I picked the Matrix was the cargo compartment. It was suited to my needs to transport both walkers for elderly parents and moving a college-aged daughter in and out. It is also easier to clean because it is not carpeted. However, I think I'll have to find something to keep cargo from sliding around the more slippery surface! I was also looking for fuel efficiency and this seemed to fit the bill, as well as my approximate budget. The only thing that I think I could have considered is another similar vehicle but with a much bigger view out the back window. I find the Matrix rear window is at least 25-30% less than what it should be via the rear-view mirror.
Diane from Mississauga, ON
reported on Saturday, April 02, 2011