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purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:39 am

Does anyone know if there's a way to do this, or is there any laws against purchasing a Rav4 in CA and shipping to SC?
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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:42 am

People have done this already (such as Reeler in Colorado). Make a deal with a California dealer and have it shipped to your location...

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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:56 am

If it had a problem, how would it get serviced? Would a tech in Charleston be able to deal with it?
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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:34 am

You have to be optimistic, its a Toyota, it wont break down

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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:22 am

Please read the Toyota Warranty manual (online) and decide for yourself.


http://www.toyota.com/support/#!/app/an ... /a_id/7410

3-year/36,000-mile basic (all components other than normal wear and maintenance items), 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain, 8-year/100,000-mile battery. However, in order to maintain warranty coverage, the vehicle's powertrain and high-voltage systems must be serviced at an Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealership. Also, bear in mind that while some standard maintenance or repairs can be performed by any Toyota dealer, powertrain and high-voltage component maintenance must only be performed by an Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealer.



This question comes up over and over, and the reality is that Toyota must offer a nationwide warranty. The practical part is they only want 55 trained dealers in California to service the Tesla bits of the car. Those dealers were selected based on how many Prius cars they sold.

The Maintenance Manual that requires you to service things at a Toyota dealer.

http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/document/omms/T-MMS-12RAV4EV/pdf/2012_Toyota_RAV4_EV_WMG.pdf

There is very little required maintenance.

The car is sold to comply with California Zero Emissions Vehicle regulations. It would be downright dumb to sell a huge money loser anywhere except where they get ZEV credits, but so far, most dealers are happy to sell you one and ship it. I expect Toyota to issue a strongly encourage dealers to stop that, because I think they will get Toyota in trouble with CARB when they start tallying up their ZEV credits.

There is a whole thread on just the Rav4, with several out of state owners participating.
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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:53 am

It is possible.
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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:43 am

I was contemplating getting one for CO, but Leaf appears to be much better deal from my perspective, so I had almost gave up that idea. Nevertheles, I did call my Toyota sale guy and asked him to clarify whether I can service it at their dealership - their service repair chief should be back to work next week, and I should know that answer than. But it's just appears to be too much uncertainty in the matter. They probably will service it, since its' Toyota and they wouldn't want negative PR, but it wouldn't be as easy as just calling and making a service appointment.

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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:25 pm

Any Toyota dealer in any state has to be able to service it. If a California resident buys it in California and then has to move to another state for a job, what are they supposed to do? Toyota can not be holding owners as hostages in California because the own/lease this vehicle.

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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:36 pm

MrIanB wrote:Any Toyota dealer in any state has to be able to service it.

Yes, but they don't have to do within certain # of days. Infact they can ask you to ship it to a CA dealer.
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Re: purchasing a Rav4 EV outside of CA

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:38 pm

MrIanB wrote:Any Toyota dealer in any state has to be able to service it. If a California resident buys it in California and then has to move to another state for a job, what are they supposed to do? Toyota can not be holding owners as hostages in California because the own/lease this vehicle.

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Well, obviously Toyota really doesn't want to sell these out of state for hopefully now obvious reasons; they might want you to think it can't be warrantied out of state. Nothing like fear to keep the cars here.

Who Is the Warrantor:

The warrantor for these limited warranties is Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (“Toyota”), 19001 South Western Avenue, Torrance, California 90509-2991, a California corporation.

Which Vehicles Are Covered:

These warranties apply to all 2012 model year RAV4 EV vehicles distributed by Toyota that are originally sold by an authorized dealer in the United States and normally operated or touring in the United States, U.S. territories or Canada. Warranty coverage is automatically transferred at no cost to subsequent vehicle owners.

You may have maintenance performed on your vehicle by any qualified person or facility. However, Toyota recommends having maintenance performed by an authorized RAV4 EV Toyota dealership. Powertrain and high voltage component service or repairs should be performed by an authorized RAV4 EV Toyota dealership in accordance with the safety precautions discussed at the beginning of this booklet. In addition, software updates may be available during your scheduled maintenance visit and can only be installed by an authorized RAV4 EV Toyota dealership.

RAV4 EV authorized Toyota dealerships have technicians who are specially trained to maintain and repair Toyota RAV4 EV vehicles. They stay current on the latest service information through Toyota technical bulletins, service publications and training courses. They are also certified through the Toyota Certification Program, which involves a series of rigorous written examinations. Feel free to ask the Toyota dealership to show you their technicians’ credentials.

You can be confident you’re getting the best possible service for your vehicle when you take it to an authorized RAV4 EV Toyota dealership.
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