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Posted by Percival P. Cassidy on March 20, 2018, 8:06 pm
I just found two listings (by different dealerships in different States)  
for what purported to be used Prius Fours, which, when I checked the VIN  
at carfax.com, turned out to be Prius Twos.

Is this kind of thing common with other models and makes, or is bait and  
switch easier and more common with Priuses because there is no badge on  
the back to indicate the trim level?


Posted by News on March 20, 2018, 9:05 pm
On 3/20/2018 4:06 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:

I have seen cases where Prius or Prius v that show as base models (i.e.  
2, 3 or Three) on the Toyota Owners site are legitimate factory  
up-market cars (i.e. models 4, 5, or Five), based on the features build out.

Posted by Percival P. Cassidy on March 20, 2018, 11:28 pm
 On 03/20/2018 05:05 PM, News wrote:

In at least one of those cases, I know that the purported Prius Four is  
only a Prius Two -- because I inspected the vehicle and found that it  
does not have the Prius Four features that were included in the seller's  
description and were the basis of the Kelly Blue Book estimate of the  
vehicle's fair market price (or whatever term Kelly uses) and the  
displayed "CARFAX Value."

I found another listing where the heading said "Prius Four," but the  
detailed description was that of a Prius Two, and the price and the  
displayed "CARFAX Value" were appropriate for a Prius Two.


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