What is the best time (mileages) to trade in prius c 2013?

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by zmarcoz, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. zmarcoz

    zmarcoz Junior Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    2012 Prius c
    I bought my new Prius C 2013 on year 2013 <== very stupid information, I know.
    In the past few years, I did Uber (part time for a couple years and full time for a year.)
    Now, it has about 135,000 miles.
    A couple days ago, it was my first time to change the car front brake pads.
    Everything else functions very good so far.

    I will start a new job tomorrow. Everyday I have to drive 100 miles.
    I can afford a new car because of my new job. However, I do not want to waste money.
    The reason that I want a new car is because of the Prius C 2013 safety feature was bad, basically you only have air bags. If I get a new car, my plan is to get a regular Prius 2020 or 2021.

    If my current Prius C can run 100,000+ more miles without any major fix, I don't see a point to trade in for $5000. I will do my full time and then do Uber part time during the weekend. If everything is under this plan, I can still trade in my current Prius C 3 years later for $1000.

    However, if my Prius C can only run to around 150,000 miles before any major fix ($2000+), I might start to shop for a new car now.

    Any suggestion?
  2. Elektroingenieur

    Elektroingenieur Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    2016 Prius
    Three Touring
    It’s true that the 2013 Prius c doesn’t have advanced driver assistance systems such as Toyota Safety Sense, but I wouldn’t underestimate the value of its safety features: not only the SRS airbags, but also a brake system with ABS, TRAC, and VSC, and a body with impact-absorbing structures.
    I imagine only Toyota, has enough reliability data to answer your question properly, and for obvious reasons, they don’t publish it.

    You can see the possible effect on trade-in values of waiting, however. For example, at this writing, Kelley Blue Book’s estimate for a 2013 Prius c with 135,000 miles is about $3,700, and for a 2012 Prius c with 160,000 miles, about $3,300. These figures differ with location, condition, and equipment, of course, but in this example, adding a year and 25,000 miles reduced the value by only $400 or so.
    Since your current car seems to be in good condition, I’d suggest to wait at least six months before even considering a new one, and meanwhile, to save what you can for a down payment or unexpected major repairs. By then, you’ll know whether your new job is working out, and Proposition 22 will have succeeded or failed, making it clear what kind of future Uber and similar companies will have in California, and whether you would still have enough flexibility and earning potential to continue as a driver.