To buy or not to buy...

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by Crispynuggets, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Crispynuggets

    Crispynuggets New Member

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    Hello! First time (potential) Prius owner here. I’m considering buying a 2013 Persona Series with about 165,000 miles on it. At the moment, I don’t know how many of those miles are highway miles, and I haven’t gotten a CarFax yet to check out the known vehicle history. However, I would love some hot takes and advice: is a Prius with approximately 23,500 miles/year on it a red flag for you? What issues should I be looking for and questions should I be asking the dealer? What should I be looking for on the CarFax?

    I will be using this car to commute 10-12 miles a few times a month and otherwise for local grocery runs/kid drop offs/occasional road trips.

    Bonus! I live in Queens, NY and would love any mechanic recs you might have. Thank you, all!
     
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    No test drive no car fax no buy.
     
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    Include "no inspection at a Toyota dealer".

    Buying an ~8 year old car with 165K miles is a crap shoot regardless of the make and model.
    Maybe moreso with a hybrid.
    Not something I would consider.
     
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    For the small amount of miles you say you'll be driving it, I would consider getting a non hybrid. Repairs on these cars run very high and you can't make up those costs in fuel savings by not driving it much. Just my opinion.
     
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