I picked up the car 2 1/2 weeks ago. But my old car was still in the driveway and I[m not used to having 3 cars. So the following morning I put it in reverse and turned my head and "thump". Turned out to be $800 damage on the 2003 Subaru with scratches to 2 panels and a dent. Since I'm trying to sell it I had it fixed. But only $400 on the Prius. The plastic bumper was pushed in but it was easy to push out and there were about 8 scratches. For the first 72 hours I couldn't talk about it to anyone. It was horrible. I felt so much a jerk and it took some of the thrill out of ownership. But the car was so great I quickly got over that. Truly the best car I've ever owned. I love the way it's so peppy and smooth. No thuds as it changes gears. But I'm preaching to the choir here. But the real reason I'm writing this now is to tell you about what the auto body place said. I took the car to 3 places and picked these guys because they seemed like "real" people. What clinched it was the owner had a glass case on the wall with his old military uniform and some medals. It was a bit dusty so I knew it had been up there for years. I asked him about it and he said that it was part of who he was. He then changed the subject after a pause. There was clearly a story there, but I felt that I was intruding so I said nothing. But that's still not the reason for this post. Today my Prius was ready. But I couldn't get there in time to pick it up so I get it tomorrow. The owner then told me that one of the major parts of his business is making custom cars and custom intricate paint jobs. He's currently working on a hot rod hearse and was painting the casket. He said in all his years of making unique cars, he has never had as much interest in a car as he did with the Prius. He said everyone who dropped by was talking about it. He said that for a while there, the hood was open most of an entire day for people to look in. People were impressed by the room in it, though he assured me that he let no one sit in it. He also said he found it very weird when he backed up in it. I told him to feel free to take it for a drive. He said he couldn't due to insurance reasons. He also said that he couldn't understand why all cars didn't have what was in this one. He also thought the computer screen was the greatest. I've got tomorrow off. Maybe I can take him for a ride? Maybe Toyota will have another customer?