help with test drive?

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  1. a64pilot

    a64pilot Active Member

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    I'm trying to find a Prius to test drive. My ideal is to find one to rent in South Ga., South Al., or North Fl. or a dealer that has one to test drive. Anybody have knowledge of a rental or a dealer with one within a couple of hundred miles of Albany Ga. (SW Ga.)
    If there just isn't one available, would someone be willing to show me theirs? My wife and I could fly within a couple of hundred miles and I would be willing to swap a small airplane ride for a Prius ride.
    Currently I have a gas bill of $400 to $500 a month and a Prius would cut that in half or more, but I just can't bring myself to buy a car without any experience with one.
     
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  3. a64pilot

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    Avis I'm sure has one or two somewhere, but I'm unable to find one. Whenever I tryto rent one locally by internet, the Prius isn't offered as an option. Any ideas?
    Example, you can't get one at Atl. Hartzfield either
     
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    I found one in Tallahassee. Basically $90 a day. Seems a little high, but that's life.
     
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    wow thats high.....we rented one from the toyota dealership for 30 bucks a day......
     
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    I would just test drive one at the dealer. You will end up buying it.
     
  7. pdhenry

    pdhenry It's HEEERE!

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    Search Hertz's "Green Collection." The Toyota Prius is brand-reservable in that category. The rate varies by demand, but I got one for around $33 per weekend day.
     
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    I rented one for a week at Tuscaloosa Toyota.
     
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    Can't help with the location, but the Hertz Green Collection provided me a reservable Prius from Albuquerque, which isn't the largest city in the US. They have a great weekend rate (Fri thru Mon). The rental experience convinced me to order one (still waiting), and was a whole lot better than the typical dealer test drive.
     
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    Thanks guy's I found a dealer a couple of hours drive away that will rent one for a week for about $290. I stupidly didn't ensure that was after all charges.
    I really can't find out much in a dealer test drive. I think you need if possible to "live" with a car for a couple of days, buy groceries, drive to work etc. If I end up with a Prius, it will be my first economical car since our VW golf diesel years ago. I'm not sure we can live with one again, but a gas bill of around a $150 a week, something needs to give.
     
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    before you rent, can you just sit in one at a dealership? just to make sure the seats are comfortable, etc.
     
  12. a64pilot

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    I have test driven a used one on about a 3 or 4 mile loop, but you can't really tell much from that. The sales person basically knew nothing about the car etc. Between this forum and driving it every day for a week, I should be about as familiar as I can get.
     
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