VIN does not show my options package

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  1. R3PB

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    My 2006 Gen 2 Prius has all the options associated with the "Touring" package, NW (8), such as navigation system, leather seats, rear camera, foglights and more, but when I look up my car's VIN, it shows none of those options and specifies cloth seats. Any idea what could have caused this mixup and whether it could, at this very late date, be corrected by the manufacturer? Thanks.
     
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    Where exactly are you looking up the VIN ?
    If it is not Toyota, then you shouldn't necessarily expect it to have all the right details.
     
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    You’re sure all the extras are factory, not aftermarket? I’d assume yes, but worth ticking that box.
     
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    As I've mentioned a few different times in a few different threads, Toyota's very own VIN lookup system is convinced my 2010 IV is a V. The car is clearly a IV and always has been; it lacks the V stuff, and has IV stuff that V didn't offer.

    I can't give a complete accounting of what this says about Toyota's VIN lookup database, but "is completely reliable" sure isn't it.
     
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    If the model year of your car is really 2006, it is not the "Touring" model (although of course it could have been advertised as such). The only option you mentioned that was part of the Touring package is the factory fog lights, but they were also available on the Base package, and most of the Gen 2 cars with factory fog lamps are Base, not Touring. On the other hand, if you are happy with the car, does it really matter?

    Prius Base vs. Touring edition: the dirty little secret | PriusChat
     
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    So, I'm asking because the car was involved in a fender-bender (it wasn't me) resulting in dented hood and the assembly behind the bumper cover pushed back about an inch, which resulted in my insurance company calling it totaled. I was originally pretty appalled but after replacing the hood (a $35 expense and really simple to do) I realize the rest of the problems do make it difficult to repair back to normal. So now I'm trying to convince them my car really does have all those extras, which, they say, would add $1800 to its valuation. Yes, I did look up the VIN on Toyota's site, and the list of extras on my car not included in the VIN lookup include the following:

    NW Package (Pkg 8):
    Driver & Passenger Seat-Mounted Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags, SE/SS (Smart-Entry, Smart-Start), Rear Camera, Audio System with MP3/WMA playback and Input Jack, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), JBL Premium AM/FM/Cassette/6-CD changer with Bluetooth, Anti-Theft system, Homelink, HID [xenon high-intensity discharge, bulb type is D2R] headlamps, Foglights, DVD-based GPS Navigation System, Leather seats & steering-wheel.
    $6,890 [over base price]

    I see that my car is not the Touring version, but it does seem to include the NW package, except for the leather steering wheel, although it could have been simply an extra wrap which for some reason was removed before I bought it from the second owner. By the way, my car, which I still think is great and had hoped to keep forever, is more than one-third of its way to its first million miles. I bought it at 138k. Caliber Collision figures it will cost $3,200 to repair, and USAA says it's worth less than that, hence totaled.
     
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    How much will USAA hold out of the check if you opt to keep the car and repair it?
     
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    So, North of 333k? Not bad, we are at 294k, probably a few hundred miles more, with our Combo Meter going out quite frequently these days. We will probably never get to your mileage, given that I am not willing to pull the dash apart.:eek:
     
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    USAA will pay out half if I keep the car. And they'd issue a salvage title.
    I replaced my combo meter in about two hours. Just takes diving in, but nothing too muscular or daunting. It's all step-by-step. And I don't think I even ended up with extra screws that time.
     
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    It sounds to me like you need to insist that the Insurance company have an "adjuster" physically look at it and add up all of the OEM options that it actually HAS........rather than just go by the records.

    I once owned a Hyundai where the official record showed that it had an engine that they never PUT into that model.
     
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    At company rep's request, I made a video showing all the options noted, and included a couple of VINs as well, and uploaded to them. Now awaiting their re-evaluation. I was originally told it could add nearly $2k to its value, but that may have been somewhat exaggerated. Had it not been for the accident, I would be happily continuing to drive my Prius—it still runs very well, fits me like a glove and rarely required anything but normal maintenance, which I could often perform myself. If I get a new(er) car, I plan on another Prius.
     
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    Might that bump in the value put it over Caliber Collision's estimate?
     
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    In other words, no longer a write off?
     
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    Eureka!
    That’s why the insurance company wants to lowball the value, otherwise they’d have to payout and allow him to keep the car.
     
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