Do I buy a 2015 Prius 3 or 2014 Plug In?

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  1. doggolover

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    Hi folks. I’m hoping to be a first time Prius owner and my two current options are a 2015 Prius 3 at $16k (plus 2.5k in fees etc) at 22,000 miles OR a 2014 Prius plug in at $12K (not sure about fees yet) and with 62,000 miles.

    Should I go for the lower mileage since the difference is 40,000 miles? Or, is it okay to save $4,000 and buy the cheaper Prius? I’m mostly worried about the hybrid battery and the warranty expiring...is that silly?

    They both have clean Carfaxes and a single owner. Both through dealerships. I live in the DC area so I’m not sure prices will come down or what even a “good” deal is.
     
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    Actually, the 2014 got sold, but am looking at a 2015 Prius 2 (49k miles at Toyota dealership) priced at $15k and its certified pre-owned. I haven't seen the CarFax yet, but it may have been owned by multiple people.

    Is this a good deal or should I go for the 2015 Prius 3 with 22K miles? Am I splitting hairs over a $1700 difference?
     
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    Both cars seem to be fairly priced, as per kbb.com. I was also worried about the warranty when I was shopping for my used Prius, so that's normal.

    Washington DC appears to be a CARB state, which means your hybrid battery should be under warranty for 10 years/150k miles, which will be good until 2024/2025. But, make sure that the car has been registered in only CARB states, otherwise, it could have the standard warranty of 8 years/100k miles. A call to Toyota North America customer service will help clarify the warranty, if the information on carfax isn't clear.
     
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    The 2015 for sure will have the upgraded pistons and rings (Toyota revd to mitigate oil consumption). It’s near-new for miles. It has a spare, and a storage tray under hatch floor. I’d splurge. (y)
     
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    Actually, the 2014 got sold! I am now also looking at a 2015 Prius 2 (49k miles at Toyota dealership) priced at $15k and its certified pre-owned. I haven't seen the CarFax yet, but it may have been owned by multiple people.

    Is this a good deal or should I go for the 2015 Prius 3 with 22K miles? Am I splitting hairs over a $1700 difference?
     
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    both great cars, don't be afraid to negotiate for the best price on each.

    another possibility, peeps are buying brand new prius primes in the md area for 16-18k after discounts, rebates and tax credits.
    take a serious look before purchasing a 6 or 7 year old car.
     
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