Toyota\'s 2004 RAV4 Shortage : Solved

In a prior post, I took note of my Toyota dealer's desparate expressed need for pre-owned 2004 RAV4s. Fortunately, this has now been ameliorated, as below.

Originally, my 2004 RAV4 sticker indicated the following :

MSRP : $20,800.00
Options : $464.00
Delivery, etc. : $540.00

Total : $21,804.00

After trading it in against a 2006 RAV4 lease for an $18,000 allowance plus $812 in unused warranty credit, the 2004 has re-emerged on the dealer website as follows :

Retail Value : $21,495
Internet Price : $19,995

Miles : 6918
Ext. Color : Desert Sand
MPG : 24 city/ 30 hwy

The only remaining mysteries are how the color changed from Savannah Metallic to Desert Sand and how the miles per gallon rating went up from an original 22/27 on the sticker.

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Holy crap! I am never going

Holy crap! I am never going to buy another used car from a dealer.

Wow. Isn't it illegal to

Wow. Isn't it illegal to advertise mileage numbers other the EPA ratings (unless clearly marked, etc.)?

Matt, Wow. Isn’t it

Matt,

Wow. Isn’t it illegal to advertise mileage numbers other the EPA ratings (unless clearly marked, etc.)?

Actually, they were marked with the same symbol as the sticker, but too small to read the words 'EPA", etc.

The original sticker had the following text :

Actual Mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition. Results reported to the EPA indicate that the majority of vehicles with these estimates will achieve between 19 and 27 mpg in the city and between 23 and 33 mpg on the highway. Plenty of room for variation.

Regards, Don