Toyota's says its certified used-vehicle program has sold 2 million cars and trucks since it launched in 1996. Brian Kabat has bought four of them from Michael's Toyota in suburban Seattle.
Last month, Toyota Certified repaid Kabat, 64, for his loyalty. Designating Kabat the buyer of its 2 millionth certified vehicle, Toyota reimbursed the price he paid for his 2004 Sienna and threw in other goodies. The total value of the package: $36,648.
Toyota Certified gave a check for the same amount to a social service agency in Bellevue, Wash., that helps troubled families. It also donated $5,000 to the Newport High School Band in Bellevue for instruments and uniforms.
"We're saying thank you by celebrating with our customer and celebrating with the community," said Norm Olson, Toyota Certified's sales operations manager.
Kabat's prize package included an extended service agreement, three years of maintenance and a $500 gasoline card.
Last month, Toyota Certified sold 22,995 used vehicles, 0.7 percent below its sales in September 2006. From January through September 2007, the brand sold 207,923 certified cars and trucks, up 4.5 percent from the same period last year.
Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., sold 4,301 certified vehicles in September, 5.2 percent below sales in September 2006. In the first nine months of 2007, Lexus sold 37,907 certified vehicles, a 10.2 percent increase over the year-ago period.
Overall, the industry sold 136,948 certified used cars and trucks in September, 2.1 percent fewer than in September 2006.
The industry sold 1,288,863 certified vehicles from January through September, 2.6 percent more than in the year-ago period. c