Should I wait for the 2014 Prius C?

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  1. MaggieM11

    MaggieM11 Junior Member

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    Hello all,

    I have been including this forum in all of my research on the Prius C. I have decided it is the car for me, I am just debating on when to buy it. I got a quote for a Prius C 3 and after sitting down with the dealer the price is $21,199 before taxes and fees. This price is $750 under invoice.

    I don't know what the price difference would be to wait for the 2014 or what the differences will between the model years.

    I have a 2002 Ford Taurus right now that is still working with some smaller known repairs needed in the near future.

    I am looking for some guidance, suggestions, ideas, opinions, experience, anything you can give me!

    Please help me!
     
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    Right now there is no incentive on the Toyota, if you could wait, toward the end of the year may have some discount.
     
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    In my opinion, the best time to buy anything, is when you have found what you like, have done the research and are ready. There will always be a better deal somewhere else, a nicer model in the future, or someone saying you should have done X,Y or Z. If you're ready, go for it; you will be happier in the long run.
     
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    I should also say they happen to be getting the color I want in this week! None in my area had it. I have a refundable deposit down to hold it for me until I decide what to do.
     
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    Go for it if you are ready now...
     
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    They also have a college rebate for $500 off right now. My concern is if I wait I may not get exactly what I want.
     
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    Also, is there any way of knowing the details of the 2014 before it comes out? I've tried looking, but maybe you guys might have other ideas!
     
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    Double check is $750 in the Southeast now.
     
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    What Changes are Anticipated for the 2014 Toyota Prius?







    What Changes are Anticipated for the 2014 Toyota Prius?



    Sat, 10/27/2012 - 20:29 — adminThe 2014 Toyota Prius will probably carry over with only minor changes for what could be a short run, as a redesigned version is expected to reach the market in spring 2014 as an early model-year 2015 entry.
     
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    That appears to be talking about the Gen III (2010-) liftback, not the c.

    Not that it matters - the assessment is as open-ended as a horoscope.
     
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    should wait for 2014 and get a killer deal on whatever's left of 2012...
     
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    Its not an easy decision. First your 2002 taurus, depending on miles, is falling into the potential costly repairs catagory; thats a situation you can answer by how well it runs now. It doesn't have much value anyway soi you would likely be far better off selling yourself on ebay, autotrader, etc. The market for low priced sedans is pretty high.
    Second, as far as the 2013 vs 2014 Prius C, there is a good bit to consider. Supposedly, Toyota is buying the Mazda 2 chassis and bodywork, probably much of interior too from MAZDA in order to save costs and assist Mazda who is having a cash crunch (not serious). The Mazda 2 is a really good chassis based on the racing preparations and handling from recent road tests and lap times so its better than the Yaris chassis. we can vouch for that on personal tests. Specifying that chassis to the Prius C stands to be a worthwhile improvement if anything more than mpg is important. If its not. I suggest you think seriously about getting a 'leftover' 2013, or even 2012. I would estimate the 2014 Prius C is likely to be $300-400 more expensive and certainly not available with the xerious buyer incentives as now..
    BTW, the $22k price is $750 under the retail price, not invoice. And does that include the rebates now offered?
    Your turn. Good luck.
     
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    The Mazda 2 is the same chassis as the Ford Fiesta.
     
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    Agreed. And if the customer is worried about the "brand new" feeling wearing out, then the customer might go for a 2012 model instead.
     
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    Seems like you drive your cars to the ground and that a newer one (2014) will not make a difference with resale. I would purchase if the price is right with the color and options you want. Who knows, if you wait you might have to dump more money in your Taurus and the savings will be a wash out.

    From what I am reading that 2013 Prius C will be in your driveway at the end of the week. :)
     
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    Do it now. If you are ready and know you want it get it now. Then you can start saving money now since you are saving fuel as you use it. Not sure about your area but in NorCal they are offering good APR on Toyota financing as well.
     
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    I knew I wanted a blue Prius c 4, but the closest one was 600 miles away. I went to a local dealer to see what my options might be, and to my surprise they found one that had just come in at another local dealer. Later that day, I drove home in my new car.
     
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    The new Honda Fit Hybrid is coming out in Sept with better fuel mileage. If the price is at $20,000 (not hard given the current Yen exchange rate), Prius C will have a hard fight on hand.

    So, I'd say wait.
     
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    Better fuel mileage? I'll believe it when I see it... but the fact that it's using Lithium Ion batteries gives it an advantage for sure.
     
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    Thanks everyone! My Taurus has 140,000 miles on it. The Honda fit now to get similar model and accessories is very close in price to the Prius C which is why I chose it.

    I am pretty confident I will be buying the at this week. That gives me the opportunity to try and sell my current car.

    Also, from all you owners out there. Would you recommend the cloth, softex, or the leather seat upgrade?

    I have a dog that will be in the car very often. I am also a nanny so kids will need to be in the car as well. I'm a little nervous about the cloth seats.
     
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