5 Tips When Buying a Used Toyota Prius

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With the rising fuel costs and stricter emission regulations today, you might want to switch your classic vehicle for a hybrid one, especially that they are now considered a chick magnet too.
And if you are now convinced to get one, why not going with the best and choosing a Toyota Prius, the symbol of the hybrid era. Being by far the most common hybrid vehicle also means that there are a lot of used ones for sale, so you can get yourself a nice one for a decent amount of money.

Green Car Reports made a short guide on how to get yourself the right Prius, which we will tell summarize here for you:
  • Check if you like the hybrid powertrain feeling - first of all, make sure you like how a hybrid vehicle like the Prius feels when driving. Hybrids won’t always give you that sensation of a certain rev range in a gear to match a certain vehicle speed.
  • Decide on which generation you want - the Liftback Prius has two generations now (three overall, considering the first Prius sedan). The first Liftback can be purchased at a lower price, but it’s smaller on the inside and doesn’t feel that modern and fast as the second gen.
  • Be aware of 2004-2009 year models problems - Prii produced in that period were subjected to around six recalls for problems including damaged steering ties or unintended acceleration due to the gas pedal’s size and shape getting caught on the floor mats.
  • Battery Warranty - which may be different based on your state. Default California warranty includes either 8 years/100,000 miles or 10 years/150,000 miles.
  • Choose what options you want - the current generation Prius comes in several flavors with different equipment (Two, Three, Four and Five). If you want convenience, avoid the company fleet sold One model.

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