2012 Prius v five with 64000 miles for $8500?

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    Hey all, I'm looking to buy a 2012 Prius v five with 64000 miles for $8500. Apparently it is sold by the family of an old lady because she rear ended someone, side swiped a pedestrian in a parking lot (no one was hurt), and backed into one of her family's other vehicles in a very short period of time so they decided that it is not safe for her to keep driving. Hence it's got a lot of paint damage but I don't really care about those. Is this an OK deal? Anything that I need to be careful about? Many members provided me with their valuable experience and advices regarding vehicle purchases and I am very grateful. Thanks for the help in advance!
     
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    Here is the extent of the said paint damage. I will need to drive 7hrs to get to check out this vehicle so any advice on whether this vehicle is worth it would be appreciated!
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    sounds a bit high. run it through kbb.com and subtract the bodywork from the value.
     
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    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    I wouldn't buy that car at that price let alone drive hours to see it..
     
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    Your question creates so many more questions. My response is it really depends on what your personal needs are? Do need good interior room? Good gas mileage? Low maintenance? For $8,500, there are a lot of cars that offer this. What would help is to know why the interest in a Pruis V 5?
     
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    What do you think is a good price for this vehicle?
     
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    I do want good interior room, affordable maintenance, and good mileage. I've been looking at Honda Fit as well but I'm worried about Honda's AT. What else would you reccomend?
     
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    fit interior room comparable to v?
     
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    Personally I think the price is way too high. The damage on the photos doesn't appear to be extensive. I think a fair price would be $6,200. That is as high as I would go.
     
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    I offer this opinion and it is only opinion, feel free to ignore it, based on my own experience making BAD used car purchases when I was young.
    I want to trust people. I want to like/love humanity. BUT...used car purchases are a situation where I abandon that philosophy.
    I think it's better to be non-trusting, cynical and skeptical. I'd rather lose out on a good deal, because I was skeptical, than buy a used car that turns out to be trouble because I'm being trusting.

    Everything may very well be on the up and up. But when I hear..Owned by an Old Lady, Several fender benders, all damage cosmetic. My Spidey Sense starts tingling.
    I don't know the KBB value for that vehicle, but so far nobody seems to think it's a great value.
    I think the fact that it has been involved in a rear ending, a side swipe, and a back up into another vehicle history of accidents, regardless of how passive they might be, there is visible damage, and I'd want a discount AT THE VERY LEAST.
    Whether it bothers you or not, those scratches decrease the value of the vehicle.
    IF you are committed to checking it out? I agree with this:

    That's the least I would do, get a selling price based on that, then call 1st and see if they would be willing to deal at that number. If they aren't?
    I'd pass.

    I might just be cynical and say pass anyway.
     
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    What if the old lady is from Pasadena?
     
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    Yep, I don't buy used cars anymore except through Legitimate and proven sources.
     
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    Realistically, I'd only need a regular prius, which is kinda similar to a Fit.
     
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    Hey folks, thanks for talking me out of this. I failed to come to a price agreement with the buyer and decided the price+damage+drive isn't really worth it. The seller will only go as low as $8000. I'm still looking for a prius in my area but until then the hunt resumes.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I followed that and ended up not even driving down. Honestly they're asking for too much for a vehicle that's pretty banged up.
     
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    Well I'm too insecure.
    It makes me nervous when anyone says they took my advice.
    But as I said in my post, I'd rather lose out on a good deal because I was being too skeptical/cynical then end up paying too much or buying a problem vehicle because I was being too trusting.
    The other thing I think I have learned over the years, is there is always another deal around the corner.
    Best of luck finding that Prius you want, at a fair price.
     
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    The Honda Fit is a compact car, which would be comparable to a Prius C. If the smaller size fits your needs, the Prius C is a good vehicle.
     
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