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Toyota Recalls - Good Time to Buy a Toyota Truck?

2010 Toyota Tacoma

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Most of our readers are probably aware of the fact that Toyota's pickups, both small and great, have fallen prey to highly publicized recalls. But could this be a great time to purchase a Toyota Tacoma or Tundra pickup?

Our colleagues at recently published an article on how to be a savvy shopper for Toyota vehicles during this time of recalls. As we've covered here at, the Tacoma pickup is subject to the company's floor mat related recall as well as the company's plan to retrofit a brake override system in the vehicles. Likewise, the Toyota Tundra has seen recalls related to frame rust and repairs to the accelerator pedal assembly (see earlier post HERE).

While Toyota's recent quality gaffs can't be ignored, millions of past and present Toyota owners, many of whom are loyal Toyota truck buyers, have had a wonderful experience with their vehicles. If you find yourself in the need to purchase a compact or full-size pickup truck, you might be well advised to keep Toyota on your shopping list and follow the advice laid out by Philip Reed of

Reed advised that prospective Toyota customers make the best of the negotiation process by creating leverage to get a lower price by expressing concern over the recall-related safety issues. Reed suggested that while the salesperson is likely to give strong verbal assurances on the safety of the vehicle in question, he or she is also likely to shave some money off the ultimate purchase price.

Reed also suggested that a prospective Toyota customer research the VIN number on the exact vehicle that he or she is considering purchasing to confirm whether it is, indeed, subject to a recall and whether the recall-related repairs have been made to the vehicle. Check out the full article at


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