So, that cheap lease I got from Toyota back in 2010, when Toyota was having all that stupid press, is coming due in six or so months, and I've started trying to make up my mind about what to do about that. The car only has 15,000 miles on it. Initially I drove it a lot, but then I moved where I could walk everywhere. So now I have this beautiful little dust-covered car that I rarely operate, and when I do, it's either short-ish trips (not the best mileage), or long trips (so long that I don't bother with fuel economy, for the sake of getting the trip done). It seems, according to Toyota Financial Services, to buy it out from Toyota would be about $17000, probably a little less by January, when it comes due and I would be forced to make a decision. About the same as KBB says. But I can't find one for sale anywhere under $20,000, even with several times the mileage, and mine's clean and well taken care of. I like my Prius, but I don't really drive it enough to make the fuel economy 'work', economically. I suppose it's a function of whether I like it enough to slap a wad of money down and carry on payments with a conventional loan, for a car that's nearly out of its bumper-to-bumper warranty. Of course, extended warranties (aka 'insurance policies') are available to carry on such coverage. Further confusing matters is my 'self employed' tax status, which allows me to write off a lease, but not a car payment. Dunno why. Just the way things work. So leasing again is probably in the stars, if I don't buy something outright. Seriously, I could live with a new Nissan Versa 1.6s (cheapest car available in U.S.A.) But then I like hatchbacks way better (more versatile - I've put 'amazingly' large or quantities of things into the back of my Prius), but that pushes the price right back into consideration for various cars. 2012 Nissan Versa - Models, Pricing & Information | Nissan USA So keep it, trade it for some hyper-mile friendly conventional car that won't be used much, lease another Prius, lease something else, or... aliens???