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NYPD cop surprised with new car

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Posted: 2 pm ET

File this away under the "terrific surprises to make you smile" category. New York City police officer Michael Dee was surprised recently at a family barbecue with the title to his current car and the keys to a second car. The surprise was orchestrated by Toyota because Dee became Toyota's 50 millionth customer when he bought a Toyota Camry earlier this year.

To celebrate the company milestone, Bill Fay, a Toyota Motor Sales group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division, arrived at Dee's home with balloons, the title to Dee's Camry and the keys to a 2013 Toyota RAV4. Earlier, Toyota had paid off Dee's car loan on the Camry.

Dee, a 20-year veteran of the NYPD, was shocked.

"I don't know what to say. This is phenomenal. I can't explain how much this means to my family and how grateful we are to Toyota. The whole 'thank you' thing just doesn't seem to cut it," Dee said, according to a Toyota press release.

Does Toyota's generosity make you want to go out and buy a Camry?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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33 Comments
G-Man
September 06, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Never had any luck with toyota's. owned two.the worst cars i ever had.

Carolyn
September 06, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Congratulations! I have had 4 Toyotas (currently have a 2008 Toyota Prius). I will buy Toyota again, as they can't be equaled in quality and my experience with their service is A+.

wrambler
September 06, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Gifts are taxed at INCOME levels, not as sales tax. He will probably have to pay INCOME tax on the value that remained on the Camry and the entire Rav4. But...Seriously, why would you care so much about that? The taxes are probably not going to equal what he owed on the Camry and he gets a RAV4 too!

Tony
September 06, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Awesome, Congrats to Dee. We purchased a 12 Camry LE last year and it is really a smooth ride. I know he will enjoy the ride for many years to come.

Marlon
September 06, 2013 at 12:10 pm

"Does Toyota's generosity make you want to go out and buy a Camry?"

Toyota's generosity is sorely misplaced. There are many causes to which this "2nd vehicle" could have been donated in the name of the police officer who has become their 50 millionth customer. Instead of accomplishing something great, Toyota jumped at a photo opportunity.

Ramon Lopez
September 06, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Why cant the $&#@&%#@$ be happy for the guy?

Mark
September 06, 2013 at 11:17 am

WOW.. not many informed people on taxes. If the officer is in the 20% tax bracket and the RAVV 4 is truly a $40,000 car then he will pay 20% taxes on his gain around $8,000 if the sales taxes in New York are 7% he will pay $2800 and New York has an income tax (I dont know how high this is, I live in a state with 0 income tax FLA.) lets say 5% there's another $2000 for a total of $12800. I will take those types of taxes ALL DAY LONG.. he will be ahead if he keeps the vehicle by $27,200 if he chooses to sell the RAVV and take a quick $10,000 loss he will still be ahead by some $17,000 thats SEVENTEEN THOUSAND.These are the same people who would say " I wouldn't buy that mansion because I couldn't afford the electric.. NO DUH if you could afford the mansion you would not worry about the electric..

COMMON SENSE
September 06, 2013 at 10:56 am

Djad- no chance the taxes he would owe cost more than the car.

TERRI SEV
September 06, 2013 at 10:51 am

WHO CARES ABOUT THE TAXES, YOU JUST GOT A $40,000 VEHICLE FOR FREE. HE WON'T HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THE CAR HE BOUGHT, BECAUSE THE TAXES WERE ALREADY ADDED TO THE LOAN TOYOTA PAID OFF. HE WILL HAVE TO PAY TAXES FOR THE 2ND VEHICLE THEY GAVE HIM, BUT JUST SAVE THE CAR PAYMENTS YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO MAKE AND PAY THE TAXES.

Djadu
September 06, 2013 at 10:23 am

Lisa - I hope you never get a gift over $10,000.00 because yes - everything over that amount is taxable an NO, the giver owes nothing as in zero, zilch, nada! And if you do not pay then you'll be guilty of income tax evasion - which will entail the tax, penalties, and in extreme cases jail time. Your advice, if followed, will get people in deep and very hot water.