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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Rav4 outside of CA
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Please help me!

I’m looking into buying a 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV and I live in Maryland. I called 2 of my closest Toyota dealers, first one only was aware of the early 2003 models and not the 2012-2014 models, bad sign one, I asked if they had full EV full Electric certified techs and manager said no. I asked if they had a rep in the area who was and they called while I was on the phone and the guy said no one in Maryland is certified. Then called second dealer and dealer mananger was a woman who knew of the 2012-2014 EV line, said she had 2 certified techs on staff to work on them and the full electric high voltage drive train!! She was also fully understanding that I was cautious to believe her. What can I ask for her to tell me or show me that would confirm her 2 techs are RAV4 2012-2014 total EV total electric high voltage certified!

She said she actually had one customer who brings his 2013 RAV4 EV in for work and she feels they have worked on the high voltage drive train! I hope someone can tell me what to ask or see to confirm this! I’m going to the dealer today after work to talk to her in person to verify! Please help!!! :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Rav4 outside of CA
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:00 pm 
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If you read the pages of this thread prior to your post, you'll note a few important points for your purchase consideration.

One is that it seems to be to your benefit to spring for the Toyota Platinum extended warranty. We did so for both of our non-California vehicles, as they were purchased from a Toyota dealer and qualified in terms of miles accumulated and year of manufacture. It was curious to see that both dealers offering the warranty had different pricing, but I was able to talk the higher price down a bit. I suspect one does not have to purchase this warranty from the dealer from whom the vehicle was purchased, although I did not know that at the time. I suspect that the higher priced dealer didn't want me to approach the lower priced dealer and take away a sale.

The cost of repairing one of these vehicles out of warranty is frightening. I think I could buy a new model EV for the cost of some of the more severe problem repairs. There's just nothing else out there in the EV world to match this wonderful SUV/EV combo, at least not at these affordable prices.

From my reading, I'm going to believe what others have posted and that if there's a problem with a covered vehicle, the local Toyota dealer will get support from the national resources, even to the point of transporting qualified personnel to the dealer for repair. I'm thankful I have not had to test this aspect of the warranty coverage. I don't mind the expense of the extended warranty even if it never gets used. The peace of mind it provides from bankruptcy-level repair costs more than justifies the expense.

I don't think you have to validate or verify that a specific location is qualified to perform service on your vehicle, unless you expect out-of-warranty problems.

Your mileage may vary. California mileage will be less.
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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Rav4 outside of CA
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:10 am 
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I wanted damn car so much that I hunted one down in SC bought it and brought it to Atlanta GA. Now I have it with not much of apparent problems and pretty happy.
Thought, first couple of weeks I had to restart onboard computer a few times, but now it seems like no problem anymore. Heater doesn't work :)!!! What is up with those heaters??
Car looks like a flood victim, looking at seats, but it dry and clean anywhere I could stick my head or camera with no smell and runs ok-great. Got and installed myself JuiceBox Pro 40 and it charge fast and nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Rav4 outside of CA
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:23 pm 
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Toyota Platinum Warranties (Vehicle Service Agreement - VSA) are available for purchase at any Toyota dealer in the USA (although not every dealer will want to sell you one).

The 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is a "Tier 3" vehicle in the warranty program.

The two types of recommended warranties are:

1) Toyota NEW car Platinum warranty (VSA). The Toyota vehicle must be less than 3 years / 36,000 miles from new. Available for up to 10 years / 125,000 miles from the new car sale date. There should be very close to zero of these vehicles remaining.

2) Toyota USED car Platinum warranty (VSA). The Toyota vehicle must be less than 9 years / 150,000 miles from new.

Available for up to 3-year / 36,000 miles warranty if more than 100,000 miles on the used RAV4 EV.

Available for up to 5 years / 60,000 miles from the extended warranty purchase date if less than 100,000 miles.

Today’s recommended dealer for warranty sales is in Bozeman, Montana. Ask for the Finance Department.


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See the thread linked below about CARMAX warranties. A guy bought a RAV4 EV from CarMax in Nevada with their warranty and it died on the highway 3 weeks in. He returned it within the 30 day guarantee period because they wouldn't / couldn't fix it.
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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Rav4 outside of CA
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:27 pm 
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comm3000 wrote:
... Heater doesn't work :)!!! What is up with those heaters??
Car looks like a flood victim, looking at seats, but it dry and clean anywhere I could stick my head or camera with no smell and runs ok-great. Got and installed myself JuiceBox Pro 40 and it charge fast and nice.


Yes, the seats look like crap. There’s no easy answer, short of seat covers or reupholster.

We have the cabin heaters in stock. We also have the upgrade charging system JdeMO™, which allows your 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV to recharge in 30-45 minutes at over 25,000 CHAdeMO charge stations worldwide.

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