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22004 with 117000 miles:battery vs. trade in issue

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by indpocket, May 3, 2010.

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  1. indpocket

    indpocket New Member

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    i have a 2004 prius with 117000 miles on it. i am looking at
    new cars and the dealers are very critical because the the battery was
    warrantied for 100000 miles and they seem to argue that this devalues the car significantly. any info. out there on how many users have had to change out batteries after 100000 miles? does the car really lose
    value after 100000 miles?i am not inclined to sell
    the car on my own---in case it WOULD need a new battery.
    any SOLID factual information would be appreciated ie,no rants against cardealers-- we all know that stuff already!!
    what do "tags" add to your message?
    indpocket
  2. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

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    kbb is kbb, there's no argument.
  3. bedrock8x

    bedrock8x Senior Member

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    How much the dealer gives you for trade? Compare to KBB trade in value to see it it is fair.
  4. mikemar

    mikemar Junior Member

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    The online KBB does not seem to be accurate at all, at least for the NE region. I checked the car I want to buy and trade and both the online prices were over by 2K. Same as NADA online. They were offering me 2K below what the KBB said my trade was worth but the 05 Prius I'm looking at was also 2K below what the KBB said it was worth, but that's just me.
  5. paprius4030

    paprius4030 My first Prius

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    Just keep your, I know somebody who has an 04 with 214,000mi on it with no issues, orginal battery, brakes, ect.
  6. V8Cobrakid

    V8Cobrakid Green Handyman

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    in california the warranty last for 10 years or 150,000 miles... does that help?...

    it's not very likely to fail. there are taxi companies that have passed well over 200,000 miles on the older packs in the Gen I prius. there were a lot of assumptions out there that they will last about 500,000 miles if not longer...
  7. GBC_Texas_Prius

    GBC_Texas_Prius Member

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    You don't mention how much you are expecting. I figure my 2010 is depreciating $300 a month for the first year, $250 a month the second year and so on. I also figured my 8 year old Matrix was depreciating about $50 a month, so you can figure out how much I calculate the privilege of owning a new car comes out to a month. Maintenance on the 8 year old car and cost of money equal out is how I see it.

    I like the first answer. Book value is book value.
  8. orange4boy

    orange4boy Member

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    The gen 2 batteries are far superior to the gen 1. They should outlast the car.

    You can almost always sell for more privately. Comsumer reports usually has a good guide online or in it's latest car ratings book at a news stand near you. Take a look at similar used cars on the lot to see what they mark up to.