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Old 17 Jul 2003, 08:47 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

My friend is considering buying a USED 2003 Sienna LE, with 27000
miles on it. It is originally looks like a Ontario govt. fleet return
and it is at a delaer in Detroit. The price quoted is US $18700.00 .

How is this deal? I checked the blue book value at Kbb and it is
$19200.00 . I am skeptic of buying rental and fleet returns because of
improper care. My friend is very much interested since it is some
$5000 less than new one's price.

What's you guys openion?

TIA,
VK
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Old 17 Jul 2003, 10:28 am   #2 (permalink)
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"vk" <vktechmails@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Hello all,
>
> My friend is considering buying a USED 2003 Sienna LE, with 27000
> miles on it. It is originally looks like a Ontario govt. fleet return
> and it is at a delaer in Detroit. The price quoted is US $18700.00 .
>
> How is this deal? I checked the blue book value at Kbb and it is
> $19200.00 . I am skeptic of buying rental and fleet returns because of
> improper care. My friend is very much interested since it is some
> $5000 less than new one's price.
>
> What's you guys openion?
>
> TIA,
> VK


I'd trust the care given a fleet vehicle over an unknown individual.
A minivan was probably used for shuttling people around and
wouldn't have seen the type of driving that would lend itself
to abuse. Is this a certified used car? If not just make sure he gets
it thoroughly checked out. At 27,000 miles all it needed was its oil
changed on time, if he could verify that that got done I'd feel pretty
good about the vehical.

-Tom



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Old 17 Jul 2003, 04:15 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I rather doubt that the Ontario Government would be using Toyotas. Any
Ontario Govenment fleet vehicles I've seen are usually from the big three.
I would looking more carefully into it's history.

Norm


"vk" <vktechmails@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Hello all,
>
> My friend is considering buying a USED 2003 Sienna LE, with 27000
> miles on it. It is originally looks like a Ontario govt. fleet return
> and it is at a delaer in Detroit. The price quoted is US $18700.00 .
>
> How is this deal? I checked the blue book value at Kbb and it is
> $19200.00 . I am skeptic of buying rental and fleet returns because of
> improper care. My friend is very much interested since it is some
> $5000 less than new one's price.
>
> What's you guys openion?
>
> TIA,
> VK



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Old 18 Jul 2003, 02:20 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Norm wrote:
> I rather doubt that the Ontario Government would be using Toyotas.
> Any Ontario Govenment fleet vehicles I've seen are usually from the
> big three. I would looking more carefully into it's history.


Strange, since Toyota certainly has a large manufacturing presence in
Canada (Ontario, specifically).

Maybe this is one of those exceptions, maybe not.
http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/010402-5.htm


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Old 21 Jul 2003, 08:24 am   #5 (permalink)
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True, but the vast majority of auto workers (read voters) in Ontario work
directly or indirectly for either Chrysler, Ford or GM. Also, the Big Three
have always promoted fleet sales.

Norm

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> Norm wrote:
> > I rather doubt that the Ontario Government would be using Toyotas.
> > Any Ontario Govenment fleet vehicles I've seen are usually from the
> > big three. I would looking more carefully into it's history.

>
> Strange, since Toyota certainly has a large manufacturing presence in
> Canada (Ontario, specifically).
>
> Maybe this is one of those exceptions, maybe not.
> http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/010402-5.htm
>
>



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Old 22 Jul 2003, 01:51 am   #6 (permalink)
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On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 19:20:55 GMT, "Travis Jordan" <no.one@no.net>
wrote:

>Norm wrote:
>> I rather doubt that the Ontario Government would be using Toyotas.
>> Any Ontario Govenment fleet vehicles I've seen are usually from the
>> big three. I would looking more carefully into it's history.

>
>Strange, since Toyota certainly has a large manufacturing presence in
>Canada (Ontario, specifically).
>
>Maybe this is one of those exceptions, maybe not.
>http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/010402-5.htm
>



Maybe BC is an exception then coz aside from those Prius used by the
BC Parks, several cities in the lower mainland use non-Big 3 police
cruisers. North Van uses those Mercedes Benz SUV's, and Burnaby RCMP
use Volvo police cruisers. I have also seen local RCMP use a VW bug
and a Honda Insight here as police vehicles.
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