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Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by bobusa, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. bobusa

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    Hello,

    While taking a delivery of the new Prius vehicle, how many miles are ok on the car. I know people test drive the cars at dealership and the one you buy could have been test driven by someone else


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  2. alanclarkeau

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    I think it depends on the car - consumer grade cars (your TOYOTAs, Chev, FORD etc) generally will have fairly low km, as in brand new - 20km is about normal. But I've seen some more expensive cars with limited turnover which have obviously been used for a few test drives (including mine), still regarded as brand new with maybe a couple of hundred kilometres. More than that, they'd be classed as a demonstrator.
     
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  3. Blizzard_Persona

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    What every you feel comfortable with. My new Gen 4 had 20 miles on it when I picked it up last month.

    My old truck had over a hundred.

    Dealer demos could have up to a few thousand miles...

    If the car has not been titled then it is still new and the warranty will only start after it gets titled at the mileage on the odo at time of purchase. Remember that form you sign acknowledging odo statement :)
     
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    This question along with your break-in question in a separate thread lead me to give you some advice: relax and breathe. Download the owners manual and read while you wait. That really helps me.(y)
     
  5. Blizzard_Persona

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    If your concerned about the new engine not being broken in "the right way" by folks on past test drives. Ease your worries. The Prius uses a CVT transmission which constantly varies engine speed while acellerating, it's next to impossible to mess up one of thes engines just by driving it normally. Even using the cruise control really shouldn't be an issue since any incline will vary engine speed which is how your supposed to break an engine in anyways.

    Just drive the car. If you really want a car with as close to 0 miles on it as possible, ask for one fresh off the transport truck..
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Asked and answered.

    Cars come in many flavors but they're basically either 'new' or 'used.'

    I've literally seen used cars with less than 100 miles on the clock (buyer changed mind) and I've seen new cars with thousands of miles on the clock. The last time I bought a vehicle (GMC) they had just rolled it off the truck and it had a (1) mile on the odometer.
    We still have it, and it's a WONDERFUL car, but the other two cars are just as faithful and dependable even though they each had many more demo miles on the odometer when we bought them new.

    In the end, it really doesn't matter that much.
    What DOES matter, and what almost every single car buyer neglects to do is to thoroughly inspect the vehicle before they sign on the dotted line.
    Every inch.
    Inside and outside.
    If you notice something after you sign on the line, then the dealership might make it right.....or they might not.
    This is because AFTER you do the paperwork, it's not a new car anymore.
    It's used.
    It's like the transition from.........(hmmmm.....this is a family forum, so I have to be careful here......) being unmarried to being married. :)
    You might get married again, lots of times....but you'll never again be 'unmarried'.

    OK...so....
    This all can be....and should be....a wonderful process that unties you with your new car for a very long term relationship.
    Or????
    It can be a reality TV show.

    The thing is....YOU are the one who has the most rudder input about how happy you're going to be with your new car, and worrying about how many butts have been in the left hand seat (right hand side if you live where they drive on the wrong side of the road) has very little to do with the long term health of your car.

    Good Luck!

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    Try not to think too much about it.

    It's akin to letting your imagination work out the variety of strangers' heads that have slept and drooled on your hotel pillow. Not a good way to start a close relationship.
     
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    Every time I bought a car in the past, it had only 3 to 5 miles on it.

    My Prius (and about 200 other Toyota's) was parked in a big off-site gravel lot, about 4 miles from the dealer. It had 37 miles on the ODO. I drove it back to the dealer ( a very SHORT test drive) and then I told the salesman to GO AWAY! :LOL: I inspected that thing, inside & out, including the engine bay, oil, wheels, all the interior, switches, seat fabric, all the paint and body panel fit, inside the spare tire well, the lights, and even looking underneath the dang car. (I'm retired. I got LOTS of time. :ROFLMAO:)

    Amazingly, I didn't find even one tiny flaw, anywhere! Even the tires were inflated to factory specs! Great!

    (And about 3 weeks later, I got my first chip on the front facia while driving on the freeway; then another one; and now I got 2 small chips in the windshield glass! It was nice while it lasted... :()
     
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    We all have some chips and dings on us - our cars too!
     
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    Mine had to come from Bakersfield, I think. The car had 200 miles on it and the MPG was 33. Whoever drove it up had a lead foot. I've been driving it all over the place up and down my mountains and back and forth once across the state. The lifetime average with 900 plus miles on it over the past two weeks is 63 MPG. Since I've been driving it I've been able to get 67. These are the figures on the display. I'm not keeping track on paper.

    I just wish there were some wax that would repel the dirt from my quarter mile dirt driveway.
     
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    Mine had 5 miles on it. It wasn't at the dealership lot when I test drove another 3, so I like to think no one test drove it. The mpg was really low when I first got it, so I imagine it was just sitting and being worked on.
     
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    Thank you all. I won't worry much then


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  14. Aaron Vitolins

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    I don't see why you would worry? These cars are made to drive 200,000 miles without a major repair! Why would it matter as long as its new? I see anything under 5,000 miles as new my sister has a Prius with 298,000 miles
     
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    Mine had around a hundred miles on it. When the sales guy came from the back lot with the car, it was new, with all the accessories in the trunk and no foot prints in the car. So where did the miles come from. When I got home with the car, I discovered a log screen with a date and mileage of ever trip. The delivery document in the glove box said it was delivered to a dealer in upstate NY. It stayed there a few days and then was driven 80 miles to my dealer. I think the dealerships have the same owner.
     
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    Dealers move cars between dealerships all the time. They can sell you any car on any Toyota lot in the region. At least that's how Toyota presents it in their search inventory web site.
     
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    Yea that's what they say they can do. But no other dealer said the car ultimately bought was available. My dealer had the car that had the options wanted. He said he hid the car on the lot, until I came back.
     
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    Mine came from Madison to Iowa City with 240. It's 180 miles to there so there was around 60 from the lot.
     
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    Mine had 5 miles on it when I picked it up from the dealer.
     
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    Ours had 90 miles on it when we bought it. That included our short test drive the previous day. After two weeks as owners we haven't found anything we missed.