271,000 mile 06 Prius, dead HVB. What to do?

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  1. justin96039

    justin96039 210,000 Miles on our Prius!

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    Not interested in fixing it, but not sure where of ever it could find a good home. It has done us well, but don't want to send to a junk yard.

    Thoughts on who may want a vehicle like this? Thank you. Justin
     
  2. desmondlee

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    put an ad in on Craiglists and see what kind of response you get

    You might be surprised!
     
  3. bisco

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    i'd love to have it. i agree you'll find a buyer pretty easily. the only question is value. i'd check kbb for the value with a good battery and subtract 2k. with pkg 2, it says 4k to 5500. so $2-3,500.? or more with higher package, unless there are other issues. and that's here, cali will be higher.
     
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    I'd agree, Craigslist. I'm astounded that it's worth $4K-$5K in excellent condition with that mileage.

    Given the miles and a bad battery, however, you may have a hard time selling, even at half that price. People who don't know better assume a dead traction battery is un-fixable. Might take a long time.

    You might look at what a used battery would cost. If you can put $500-$1000 into it and sell it for $2K more, it might be worth it.
     
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    Considered donating it to a local high school auto shop?
     
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    I may be interested depending on price. It would need to be a good deal. I am in fresno ca.
     
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    I have a relative that had the battery die in their 2005. He traded it in a toyota dealer toward a new prius. I think since it was the dealer he originally bought it at they cut him a break and gave him $4k trade in. Not sure what the dealer did with it.....
     
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    I'm interested, message sent.
     
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    This might help you out. I know you said you weren't interested in fixing it, but I'm assuming it needs to be fixed so the CEL (check engine light) is off to pass smog in order to be able to sell it privately in California.
    3 month old Toyota hybrid battery | PriusChat
     
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    these cars are exempt from smog in CA
     
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    If you lived on the east coast, i'd probably give you $1000 for it and refurbish the battery pack myself. Then just use it as a beater car to drive to work, get the interior dirty with stuff etc...
     
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    I just sold my 2003 (with 2/3rds the mileage) on Craigslist, despite the dead hybrid battery. KBB reckons it's worth $3300 (with a good battery), I listed it at $2k and got $1800 for it. If a mechanic can do the work himself, it's not a bad deal for him.
     
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    Dang!! Wish I could find a dead traction battery Prius in my area...buy it for a song and dance, put a used salvage yard traction battery in it for $350 and then resell it for $1000 more than I paid :D
     
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    You might want to check out The Hybrid Shop. They are the ONLY ones who can provide a fully documented conditioned battery that performs at >95% of original performance. Beware aftermarket batteries. Ask for evidence that the battery is balanced, thermally tested and properly charged prior to being put in your car. Go to The Hybrid Shop website.
     
  16. justin96039

    justin96039 210,000 Miles on our Prius!

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    I have decided to remove this car soon from my garage, at the Mrs. request. Yes, it needs work, the tires are still inflated and standing, would need to be towed at buys expense. I guess best offer could win. JW
     
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