Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Dean and I own a "tuner" shop here in Southern California. Back in 07, I had purchased a Prius (model 4) for my mother as her new daily driver. Her/my Accord was being given to my stepbrother, I won't touch my stepfather's C230 Kompressior with a 10 foot poll it's such a POS, and I also had sold my very pristine 88 Acura Integra. All that was left was my 2002 Acura RSX race car and my 2006 Honda Ridgeline. She can't drive stick and the race car isn't registered so can't be driven on the street, and the Ridgeline is my daily driver, so we had to get a new car. She was wanting to get a hybrid for fuel savings reasons. Anyways, my mom has gotten to the age where it is unsafe for her to be driving, so I'm taking the vehicle back. Mechanically, the car is great. It just needs some fresh fluids and fresh filters, and it's good to go. Appearance-wise, it's pretty beat. Bumps, scrapes, and rubs all over the body. I'm thinking of taking the Prius as my new daily driver (I have a close to 70 mi commute round trip), so the fuel savings will be a big welcome to my pocketbook. With me being me, this vehicle won't stay too stock for very long. I know the front shocks are going out (squeaking like mad), so I have a set of Megan Racing coilovers on standby, as well as some 17" Buddy Club SF wheels in white. The windows are in need of tinting (will be sent to get 3M Crystaline tint on all the glass), and I need to figure out a pulling issue under braking. So, I'm here to use whatever little DIY tricks for basic maintenance I can find and maybe post up some DIY's of my own as well as offer as much general insight I have from my 20ish years in the automotive industry.