There was once a time when you could walk onto any dealership lot and get the vehicle you wanted right then and there.
These days, it’s not always so simple, leading many people to wonder about the current Toyota RAV4 wait times.
To help shine some light on the current situation, we talked with over 100 dealerships across several countries asking about wait times. We’ll cover the waiting list lengths, reasons for the delays, how to shorten your wait, and much more.
By the end of this article, you’ll have the insights you need to decide if waiting for a RAV4 is worth it to you.
Note: We will continue to update this article as we receive new information.
Average Wait Times
The current wait time for a RAV4 can be up to 4 years with an average of 9.9 months based on our data. However, the wait times vary drastically depending on your location and desired model.
Let’s start by looking at data for each RAV4 model.
By Model Year
|Average Wait Time
|Up to 1 year
|Up to 3 years
|Up to 4 years
As you can see, the non-hybrid RAV4 has the shortest wait time. This is because it is the most widely available model and is less advanced to produce.
The RAV4 Hybrid is next on the list but has a significant jump in wait time. It’s quite a popular model and is in low supply.
Finally, the RAV4 Prime has the longest wait times. It is highly desirable, therefore people are willing to stick to a longer waitlist and are less likely to consider other manufacturers or models.
Now, let’s look at individual countries, which will paint a clearer picture of the situation.
|Average Wait Time
RAV4 wait times in the USA are the shortest among all countries. This country is a major market for Toyota, therefore it is prioritized for new vehicle allocations. By shopping around with multiple dealerships or traveling to certain regions of the country, many buyers can get a RAV4 within a few weeks or months.
Looking at Canada, you can expect to wait quite a while, but there’s still an opportunity to get one delivered within a couple of months. The wait times in Canada vary a lot by region and model, so we recommend you check out our full breakdown of Canadian RAV4 wait times.
Although the range of wait times seems more favorable in Australia when compared to Canada, it’s actually much worse when you look closely at the models. Even for the non-hybrid RAV4, you’ll find yourself waiting a minimum of 4 months, but perhaps up to a year.
However, there is some hope for Australia, which you can read about in our Australia RAV4 wait time guide.
Reasons for the Wait Times
It wasn’t that long ago when there was no wait to get a RAV4. If you’ve owned your car for a few years and are ready for an upgrade, you probably remember having no trouble getting it.
Numerous factors have caused this long wait time. Here are a few to consider.
- Higher demand
- Limits on production
- World events
- Automotive part shortages
- Natural disasters
- Post-COVID economic recovery
- Labor constraints
Of the three RAV4 models, the Prime is the hardest to produce. That’s why the wait time for this plug-in hybrid is the longest.
Thinking about jumping on a wait list? Here’s what you’ll need to know.
Reserving Your Spot
If the wait time doesn’t bother you, it’s time to reserve your RAV4. The sooner you do this, the faster you get to enjoy your new SUV.
Most dealerships require a deposit at the time of the reservation. This deposit is then put toward the cost of the vehicle once it arrives. Deposit amounts vary, so it’s important to speak with your local dealership. Here’s a generalized idea of what’s charged per country.
- USA: $500 to $1,000
- Australia: $500 to $1,000
- Canada: $1,000 to $1,500
It’s up to the dealership whether the deposit is refundable or not. In the United States, the majority of deposits are non-refundable, while Australia and Canada seem to offer more refundable options.
Additionally, some dealerships do not charge a deposit at all.
Shortening Your Wait Time
If you want to shorten the wait time, you can choose whatever is most available at the dealership near you. With each dealership receiving a particular allocation, you need to see what’s available where you live.
Here are some suggestions to shorten your waiting time.
- Search nearby dealers to find the one with the shortest wait time
- Get your name on the waiting list quickly
- Put your name on multiple waiting lists if the dealer doesn’t require a deposit
- Loosen your requirements for colors, options, and trims
There’s also the option to buy a used RAV4. While you can get a pre-owned RAV4 quickly, you may spend more than you are used to since the resale prices have risen.
Impacts on Customers
Sadly, a lot of Toyota customers are being strung along. Dealerships offer short estimates in hopes of gaining business but end up with unhappy customers that are stuck waiting for a RAV4.
At this point, no one would blame a Toyota owner for choosing a different brand or vehicle. It takes a very loyal person to continue waiting for the RAV4.
Will Conditions Improve Soon?
There are a few indications of the future RAV4 market. Here are some insights worth looking at.
- In December 2022, 1.1 million new cars were added to dealer lots overall, with an expected increase of 80,000 to 100,000 more cars each month
- More buyers have backed out of the waitlist as interest rates rise, creating fewer shoppers
- Since November 2021, RAV4 production has dropped 7%
According to the Wall Street Journal, fall of 2023 or later could be an ideal time to purchase a new car. There is a larger inventory and less demand, creating better conditions for the buyer than in the past.
So, what is Toyota doing to fix things?
What Toyota Is Doing About the Situation
Even though it feels like Toyota doesn’t care, the company is taking steps to fix the problem.
For starters, Toyota is increasing output in 2023 with 15% more production. This should help to cut down some of the wait times.
The company also said, “Currently, we are working toward production volume with a ceiling of 10.6 million units for 2023. However, as the previous year, the impact of parts supply shortage, such as semiconductors, remain unclear.”
How Long Will Toyota Customers Wait?
There are plenty of brand-loyal Toyota owners that are willing to wait a bit for their new car, yet these wait times still seem ridiculous to most. It takes a true enthusiast to wait this long to get a vehicle.
I fear that Toyota will lose some customers in the process, so hopefully, the company will pull it together soon. Only time will tell what the outcome will be.