What should I look for when shopping a used Prius?

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  1. Typography

    Typography New Member

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    I'm currently shopping around for a Prius, and I'm wondering if there is anything in particular that should be checked when looking at a used model. The reason I ask is because I found a Prius that checks off all the boxes for things I want, but the price almost seems too good to be true.

    It's a 2008 Black Touring Prius with package #2, 72k miles, and it's listed for 14k. The Touring Package is a huge plus for me since I've read the base Prius can be verly floaty with a lot of body roll. Also since it's a 2006+ it has the higher resolution screen and clear taillamps, which for whatever reason are also important to me.

    The other thing I wanted to ask about is the mileage. Although it's not super high, I'm afraid it might be a problem later on when I go to sell it. I would probably be financing the car for 4 years, which would put it at over 100k when it's paid off. Have people with high mileage Prii found that they are difficult to sell?
     
  2. cwerdna

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    You sure it's touring? What size tires are on it? It's VERY common for non-tourings to be misrepresented as tourings, even by Toyota dealers. :(

    Per Tirerack, 08 non-touring has 185/65-15 tires while touring has 195/55-16.

    NOT ALL 06+ Priuses have the higher res screen. If it doesn't have the backup camera, it doesn't have the higher res screen. I've been in a used 07 or 08 very stripped down Prius that had no SKS, no aux input jack, and the old low res screen w/worse looking graphics.

    These posts might help:
    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-ii-...-looking-buy-prius-need-info.html#post1351231
    http://priuschat.com/forums/knowled...al-equipment-some-countries-2.html#post612688
    http://priuschat.com/forums/knowled...andard-optional-equipment-some-countries.html
    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-ii-...ed-prius-need-help-what-look.html#post1215778 - Patrick's HID light comment likely applies to 06-09 Priuses, not just 06-07.
     
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    make sure it has two key fobs (they're expensive) and the mileage is a non factor. just check the kbb on an 08 with 100,000 miles for comparison. all the best!
     
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    Good deal if it is a Touring. It will hold its value well.
     
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