2004 original owner - dead battery - don't want to scrap it

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  1. grubester

    grubester New Member

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    Situation:
    estimated mileage 400.000
    Gas motor runs good, burning some oil
    Battery pack died
    Can't justify expense of new or reconditioned battery pack
    Can get about $150 from scrap yard

    I bought this car in October 2003. Quite possibly first gen 2 bought in Tennessee.

    It delivered exceptional service.

    Can't afford to keep it. I no longer need it. Keeping it is not a good option.

    Do not want to see it go to scrap.

    I think it should be on display in the gen 2 museum.

    I'd tried to sell but need to move quickly. That will probably force it to the junkyard.

    Any ideas?




    ....
    PS My spouse and I are high risk COVID so a drawn out effort to sell is not practical.
    I'd like to say free to a good home but the 150 would come in handy.
     
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  2. TMR-JWAP

    TMR-JWAP Senior Member

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    @grubester

    Put it on craigslist for 1000 obo. You should be able to get at least 500-700 for it. The catalytic converters alone sell for 900 on ebay. It will sell in a day or two.
     
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    grubester New Member

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    Catalytic converter died about 200k ago.
    I may be overly cautious but Craig's list is a risk in itself.
     
  4. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

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    my eighbor still has my '04, thing is a beast, all original. much lower miles than yours. i warned him in 2012 when i sold it to him that the battery could go at any time. :cool:
     
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    Best way to do a craigslist transaction is to meet them at their bank... Banks have plenty of security cameras and it also gives you the opportunity to observe them withdraw the cash or check.
     
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    Sell it on FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE
     
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    The buyers don't care if the cat coded out or not. They just want OEM toyota prius cats for the materials inside. If they're original, even if they dont work anymore, they're worth boooku $$
     
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    Did Gen2 Prius use extra material that makes it more valuable, or is it simply that a 10 year old Prius has only 1/2 the loss of palladium/other metal value of most cars, or just that you can sawz-all out a gen2 prius cat faster than any other car? And yea, as always I know all of the above to some degree is true, but which one the most?
     
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    Take pictures of it and post it here. Nothing to lose.
     
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    Another option: donate it to a local charity and get the tax benefits.

    May I suggest supporting local/regional public radio: Vehicle Donation | Nashville Public Radio. TIP: avoid national or "online" choices as some are either scams or poorly run.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
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