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Options for buying New Tundra Out of State

I've pretty much decided on a '17 TSS model...5.7L, 4x4. Problem is, I haven't seen a single TSS listed at any VA dealership I've searched, or the region for that matter. Seems TX is loaded with TSS's. Just curious, but why is that?

Anyway, it's been a long time since I purchased a new vehicle, but if I wanted to get a particular vehicle, is it best to purchase directly through the out of state dealer (I don't mind a road trip ), or can my local Toyota dealer sell it to me, and if so, would there be extra expenses involved?

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Anyway, it's been a long time since I purchased a new vehicle, but if I wanted to get a particular vehicle, is it best to purchase directly through the out of state dealer (I don't mind a road trip ), or can my local Toyota dealer sell it to me, and if so, would there be extra expenses involved?
I drove 500 miles out of state to get mine last fall. The local dealers would order what I wanted, but only at retail. It was ~$5k cheaper to buy a 2016 off the lot, so I think it was worth the trip.

No extra expenses, no BS. Very pleased with Mountain States in Denver. You'll probably need to pay sales tax in your home state rather than the purchasing state, but that's normal.

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I've bought three Tundras out of state

'07 & '11 great experience. Bought from same dealer.

'17 POS stealership F-tards tried to screw me on every part of the transaction.

My advice:

- if you have one, don't trade

- get deal / buyer's order firmed prior to making the trip

- if you finance, provide your own and arrive with check

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I bought a used Sequoia last year out of state. It was the easiest car buying experience I've ever had. I did everything through email, including the trade. I had my own financing done but used theirs because it was over a percent less interest. As soon as we arrived at the dealer we each inspected the cars and we signed papers and was back on the road under 2hrs.

If you are financing, they will take care of paying the registration and taxes for you in your home state. At least they did for me.


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So you cannot find A TEXAS state truck in VA.? I wonder why.
You can just get a local Tundra and then go to autozone and build one.
Or buy one from a dealer in the zone Texas is in.
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Toyota dealerships are set up to trade vehicles. That's why at least around here, you'll go to a dealership and only see 2 or 3 Tundras on the lot whereas the Ford, GM, and Ram dealership have 50 trucks on their lots. They are supposed to trade vehicles with other dealerships to get you what you want. Now in my experience last summer, the dealership that I was dealing with was completely inept at doing so. They either would not trade with another dealer or just couldn't get it right. In the end, I ended up driving out of state about 3 hours and getting the truck I wanted. It was easy. In Illinois, you pay the taxes and registration at the dealership, in Missouri, we do it afterwards at the DMV. So I did not have to pay taxes at the dealership like I would if I lived in Illinois. Very easy process. The dealership also wanted me to pay $250 for the transportation costs of going and getting the vehicle from 4 hours away. When I bought my Tacoma 12 years ago, a different dealership was very good about trading. They looked on their computer, found the truck I wanted and about 4 days later, they called and said your truck is here come pick it up. Depends on the dealership whether they are willing to trade. There may also be some regional issues between different parts of the country as well.

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They are supposed to trade vehicles with other dealerships to get you what you want. Now in my experience last summer, the dealership that I was dealing with was completely inept at doing so. They either would not trade with another dealer or just couldn't get it right.
My local dealer couldn't or wouldn't do that either. Plus I got a lot of swarmy POS salesman BS.

In a couple minutes of email with Mountain States I had my price locked in, which was a lot cheaper than I thought I'd get. Drove up the next day, drove the truck around the block, signed a few papers, wrote them a check, and left. I was ready to pay the local dealer $3k more for the same truck (which they claimed they'd need to order from the factory) but they wanted full retail.

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I've pretty much decided on a '17 TSS model...5.7L, 4x4. Problem is, I haven't seen a single TSS listed at any VA dealership I've searched, or the region for that matter. Seems TX is loaded with TSS's. Just curious, but why is that?

Anyway, it's been a long time since I purchased a new vehicle, but if I wanted to get a particular vehicle, is it best to purchase directly through the out of state dealer (I don't mind a road trip ), or can my local Toyota dealer sell it to me, and if so, would there be extra expenses involved?

Thanks all!
TSS is a Gulf-States package. You aren't going to find it in VA.

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Im in Colorado and bought my last two Tundra trucks in Utah, one new and one used. Also bought and delivered a 4.6l Crewmax in Louisiana for my Dad because he couldnt get a 4.6l Crewmax in North Carolina.

I went to Utah because they didnt have any Pyrite/Graphite DC 4.6l models in Colorado when I bought my 2010, and the 2014 was purchased used in Utah with 24k mi for $10k less than I could get a new one in Colorado.

Toyota dealerships in the US are broken up into 12 regions. If you cant find what you want in your state/region, look to the next closest region. Here's a map.
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My local dealer couldn't or wouldn't do that either. Plus I got a lot of swarmy POS salesman BS.

In a couple minutes of email with Mountain States I had my price locked in, which was a lot cheaper than I thought I'd get. Drove up the next day, drove the truck around the block, signed a few papers, wrote them a check, and left. I was ready to pay the local dealer $3k more for the same truck (which they claimed they'd need to order from the factory) but they wanted full retail.
They're always going to try and sell you what they have on their lot, but when the dealerships around here only have 2 or 3 trucks on their lot, the chances of them having what I want are slim and none. O well, I guess they didn't want to make the sale that bad and the salesman didn't need his commission. I even went into the dealership multiple times with trucks I found on autotrader or car gurus. Gave them the dealership, stock number, vin number whatever they needed because for some reason they couldn't find the truck I wanted with their software. They either just didn't want to work for it or were incompetent.
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Wow, great info guys, I really appreciate it. Didn't know it was a region specific model. Strange Toyota would limit it like that...I'm sure I'm not the only VA boy that likes that style of truck. I guess it won't hurt to ask my local dealer what they can do, but I won't hold my breath.
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It is not a toyota model so they are not limiting it. They never offered it. It is a local region model that isn't yours
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I guess it won't hurt to ask my local dealer what they can do, but I won't hold my breath.
Definitely search for the vehicle you want and negotiate a price with dealers who have one. You can do it online... easy. Then see if your local guy can get one, and get close enough in price. They might not ship the TSS outside the region though.

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Do your own search and negotiate with the gulf dealer directly. Then go get it. It is no reason you need to test drive a new vehicle.
You could also just buy the stick ons that make it a tss. any gulf toyota dealer can order the parts you cannot find used.
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