At what price does it make sense to get a Prius instead of a C?

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by BrunoPuntzJones, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. BrunoPuntzJones

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    So with the expected markup (local dealer is asking upwards of $27k for a C Four with moonroof), at what point does a Prius make better financial sense than a regular Prius?

    I don't know enough about the Prius models and such. I do about 1,000 miles a month, not many, and probably 85% city driving.

    I'm not big on leather seats or the navigation, etc. I mean it's nice to have, and if I can snag the C the dealer is getting for MSRP, I may jump. But it seems like $27k will buy a larger Prius that is comparable equipped.

    Any thoughts of the breakeven price between models at which would be the best deal?
     
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    If it were simply price we are concerned with then I would say right around the $26k mark if sunroof is a must. That would put you in the ballpark for a Prius Three with solar roof if you shop around. I couldnt fathom spending over $20k for a c.
     
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    I think that's way to much for the car. I don't think it's worth it. Prius gets good mileage... Can you look at another dealer (and tell your 1st dealer you are doing so?).
     
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    Try looking for a leftover regular Prius 2011, should get a good price, but if your are willing to spend 27 maybe a 2012 4? I think a Prius 4 would be a much better value than a 27k Prius C.
     
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    At MSRP, I think the Prius c Two or Prius c Three is looking pretty good. If you don't care of nav or want a roomier interior, then a Prius Two will suffice. I'd say test drive both and see which fits you better in terms of ergonomics.
     
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    OMG - don't spend that much just because the C is a new model! The mpg difference versus 3rd gen is not much so it's a matter of which model Prius you want. The C should cost less given the same features - about $4,000 from what I see. The Prius 3rd gen is larger, and likely more comfortable on longer trips, but since your mileage is mostly city, the C may be perfect for you. Don't let the dealer take a mark-up from you!
     
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    As the Prius C is marketed for low cost, why spend the same as a comparably equipped regular model. Don't get caught up in the hype. The money saved on a smart purchase by the target customer will buy a lot of gas. If you just decided you want to spent $27K, then go for more space. The difference in gas mileage will be negligible.
     
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    Don't believe the hype. They don't even have the cars yet and there's demand so they probably figure they can try and screw over the early adopters. Or by suggesting the c Four is $27k they might simply be trying to get you to go for the liftback Four NOW.
     
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    Since we're talking finances here, I have a question for those familiar with Prius resale values.
    If I buy a Prius c this year, then trade it in on a Gen IV Prius in a year or two, versus just waiting for a Gen IV Prius, how much extra will it cost me? (no financing. I'll be paying up front)
    I calculated that I will save about 224 gallons per year versus my current car, which equals $896 at $4.00 per gallon.

    Thanks. :)
     
  10. spwolf

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    if you buy smart, and buy Prius c II, then it will cost you less :).

    General rule of thumb that can be applied here:
    1. New models get better resale (Prius c will still be new 3-4 years from now).
    2. Lesser equipped models get better resale, so II or III.
     
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    I am looking for a good honest/deal right now....already got the $....will keep this in mind
     
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