Dropped by my local Toyota today and saw four people heavy in conference with electrodes in hand, noticing a small charger on the other end of the electrodes, I asked them if they were looking for the battery charging contacts. They nodded and I relented and devulged this very top secret information. It seems they had to open the trunk to clean the interior AND the battery was empty. Two days later I drop by again to pick up a waterpump belt and the same new car is still sitting in the showroom with the hatch up! I thought that is bad for the battery. No hatch lights, no door lights. So I talked to one of the tech writers that was closest. It seems that they do this deliberately ( leave the car with a dead 12V battery) so people cannot get electrocuted! I explained to him that probably this battery is now totally useless! he said, "oh we will just charge it up" So should you buy a new Prius from Roseville Toyota, be aware that the 12V battery may be totally useless, or very much depleted before a year is up. They have no concept of the damage they are are doing. Now I realize why my new 2005 had to have a new 12V in about 9 months. Of course at the time, I was warned of "my" possibly abusing the 12 volt battery. It apparently has NEVER occured to them to simply disconnect the HV switch and the Neg lead on the 12V.