Purchase help

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by tess barend, Sep 9, 2020.

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  1. tess barend

    tess barend New Member

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    Hi there!
    I am about to pull the trigger on buying a Prius and hoping to get some help from the experts around here!
    I found a awesome (at least I think) Prius after months of looking, so here are the details!
    It’s a 2010 Pruis IV hatchback 4D with 117k miles. It’s in the pearl white color so it does have some paint chipping however that isn’t a deal-braker for me as several panels have been replaced. There is little to no body damage besides a few scuffs. The interior is beautifully maintained and it also has the solar/sunroof. The price is listed at $7,500 but due to the paint issues, he did offer $7,000 and possibly lower. I have been looking for a long time and this Prius has the lowest mileage I’ve seen without it being a salvage title.
    I am taking it to a mechanic tomorrow morning and if all checks out, I will purchase it.
    Does this sound like a good deal to you? I would really love to hear your thoughts!! Thank you so much.
     
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    tess barend New Member

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  3. bisco

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    forget the body and interior, disregard the options, and focus on the mechanicals, head gasket, egr circuit, brake actuator and hybrid battery.

    could be a great car, could be a money pit. is the mech prius savvy?
     
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    $7,000 for a 2010 IV at 117,000 miles with solar roof is a good price. How long do you hope to keep it and how many miles do you expect to put on it?
     
  5. Grit

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    Since there were no mentions of test drive results, absolutely no buy.
     
  6. ETC(SS)

    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    "Several panels have been replaced" and there's no salvage title??

    That's......."interesting."
    The "white" paint color (BWP) is prone to severe peeling....like leprosy peeling - so if you're the type that goes through the 5 stages of grief over parking lot rash or stone chips - PASS.

    If you are counting on paying somebody else to do your maintenance and repair?
    PASS.

    If you cannot write a check with a comma in it for a sudden vehicle repair?
    PASS - get a 10 year old Corolla instead.

    Truthfully....
    How often do you check your fluids (oil/coolant/brake/etc...)????
    If it's not REGULARLY....like every 1000,2000 miles?
    PASS.

    If you are not break-down resistant?
    (spare car, able to get rides easily, can walk or cycle to work)
    PASS.


    Read the 3 longest threads in this forum with the words "Head Gasket" in the title.
    These cars all have several things in common:
    2010-2012 Prius
    Over 100,000 miles
    Owners maintained a "closed hood" maintenance philosophy.

    Good Luck!
    Let us know how it turns out.
     
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    All good points. I’ll also add “exploding glass” on trim 4s. Got my $2,000 glass replacement fund on stand by.
     
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    Does that philosophy apply to finding a future wife? Asking for a friend.
     
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  9. bisco

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    absolutely, check his teeth first ;)
     
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    If price does not come down below $5,500.00- don't buy
     
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