Looking to buy used 2016 from dealer (what to look out for)

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  1. TNeil

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    Hello all,
    I recently found what appears to be a good 2016 with around 106k miles at a Honda dealer. I really like the price and when i checked it out in person and drove it, everything seemed fine. The MPG was at 51.7 (which i think is normal for this car).

    According to salesman, the prior owner leased it and did Ubering (hence the high mileage).

    Anyways, are there any inherent problems with this year Prius and what should i look out for if i return to see vehicle again to purchase?

    The good thing is that it has a clean carfax and only one owner. Also the dealership does a 60 point inspection on vehicle.


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    advice. don't buy from dealer. buy from a private party. this is my opinion
     
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    Definitely don't buy with that high of mileage. 106k miles in 3 years ... You can find better used Prii with way lower mileage.
     
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    no problems that i recall,
    if the price reflects the mileage, and you're comfortable with that, no problem.

    prius like taxi work in canada, but i'm not sure about florida heat.

    what package is it?
     
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    That is a plus, but it still has a lot of miles on it. Given that it was a lease, you wonder how the Honda dealer ended up with it. The original owner didn't lease it from the Honda dealer, so they must have bought it at auction at a low price where they think they can make a nice profit on resale. On a lease, there was certainly a mileage limit, so at the end of the lease the Uber person must have paid for the extra mileage.

    Pretty worthless, in my opinion. You can check 60 points and miss all the important stuff on a car that your shop doesn't normally sell or service. If I were to consider buying that car, I would take it pre-sale to an independent mechanic that is experienced with that model and get their unbiased and more expert opinion. If problems are noted, use them as price negotiations.

    As indicated on the dash? If so, for how many miles?
     
  6. TNeil

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    its listed at $12,500.. there was some minor damage to the rear right door and quarter panel, rear bumper looks like it was repainted ( color didnt match perfectly as it looked two-toned, (it was white) ).. i was told it was just repainted.. front bumper was being repainted in certain areas as i saw primer in certain areas. they have a body shop on site so they were doing some body work to it..

    with all that, i asked if i could just buy the car as-as (with no repairs needed) for 10k and came back with 11k.. lowest they would do was 11,750... the minor body issues dont really concern me.. according to carfax report i was looking at, the car has been there since May 2019 as I see a transfer to dealer for sale in May..

    its the lowest price 2016 prius in the area with around that mileage.. its in a big city so there are plenty of Priuses.. i dont know why they havent sold it yet.. mechanically, it seems OK, but im wondering if the buyers are just really picky and dont want the exterior issues.. Interior looked good to me..

    here are some pics..

    should i buy for 11,750 and ask for everything (exterior-wise) to be fixed.. they were saying since we have a body shop, we can fix anything and they were in process of repairing stuff. I also asked if they painted the rear bumper and told them whoever painted the rear did a terrible job.. The manager just told me hes unsure (which i think he may have been BSing because he didnt want to admit their crappy work)..

    im just worried how that front bumper is going to come out if they did indeed do the rear bumper and if they try to fix the damage on the right side of the vehicle in pic (will it come out unsatisfactory)..

    what do you think?
     

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    They've been sitting on this investment for 4 months now. They should be eager to unload it.

    Because the car has body damage that is obvious and they are pricing it too high.

    I would not. They are likely to do a quicky fix it job to get the car out the door. If you are interested in the car and want it made right, get it to a separate body shop for an estimate and then negotiate that off the price. I wouldn't touch that car for $11,750 in that condition.

    Edit - on further examination of the photos, the right rear damage is pretty widespread on mulitple panels and looks to be down to bare metal and a panel is dented. The RR wheel has curb rash, missing a valve stem (edit -cap), missing center cap (I think, I don't have a similar model to compare to). This car has not been lovingly maintained and the dealer is almost certainly just trying to flip it out the door.
     
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    First pic, its missing a filler panel on the front bumper where the fog light should be on models with fog lights. It should be black like in the eight pic.

    Second pic, bottom from first, its missing the hubcap cover over the wheel. Those things are expensive from the dealer. You might be able to find a replacement off Craigslist for cheap.

    Third, fourth, sixth and seventh pic, bottom from second, its got the damage to rear passenger door, and panel. In regards to the valve stem, it only looks like missing the cap, not the valve stem. If it is missing valve stem, it may or may not be expensive because TPMS is built into valve stem.

    Fifth pic, right from first, there is noticeable gap between bumper and hatch. I don't think that gap should be that big. And difference in color is quite noticeable as well between that bumper and the rear driver quarter panel.

    Eight pic, its got the paint damage to the passenger side bumper.

    This damage along with its high mileage, I would recommend staying away. If all body damage was fixed before sale, $12.5k is still a hard sell.
     
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    i'm surprised prius are so expensive in florida. LA, i understand
     
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    I’m wondering 11k (front bumper repaired)..

    It’s LA.. I moved (just forgot to change my profile )
     
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    hah! in that case, i would grab it :p
     
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