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Prius 2009 with 100K miles: buy or pass?

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Posted by tofijoy on August 24, 2013, 6:47 pm
 
Hi all,

My friend is selling his Prius 2009 with about 100300 miles on it. It's a s
tandard hatchback, and he said he will have it pass the state inspection an
d emissions tests (we are in Maryland) before selling. He is asking $500.  
He also said that 2 recalled parts are being replaced currently at the deal
ership.  

The car apparently has been in an accident, and my friend had to replace th
e rear door on the driver side. He claims that the accident was not a major
 one, and that the exterior and interior of the car are in excellent condit
ion.

I have never owned a hybrid vehicle. Would you have any advice on whether I
 should seriously consider buying this car, especially since the car has so
 many miles on it in 5 years, and it has been in an accident? What are some
 specific things I need to find out about this car if I seriously consider  
buying it?

Is the price he is asking too high? KBB value is ~$K for very good conditi
on. I wouldn't say that the car is in excellent condition given the acciden
t.

Thank you,
Fijoy

Posted by Tony Bryer on August 24, 2013, 9:48 pm
 
On Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:47:25 -0700 (PDT) Tofijoy@gmail.com wrote :

The driveline should be good for a lot more

http://www.themotorreport.com.au/6042/prius-taxi-belts-out-half-a-million-klicks  

TonyB


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 25, 2013, 11:55 am
  tofijoy@gmail.com wrote:


My 07 has 126K on it, had a couple of accidents, runs great.

That being said, I call crack pipe on that price.  $500, maybe, and be  
prepared to go up to $K.

Some of that *might* depend on what package level it is, though.  But  
overall, with used cars you should always use the attitude car dealers  
have when they're looking at a potential trade-in:  "we don't care if  
you have the leather and premium sound; our buyers are looking for the  
basics and don't care about any extras, so we can't pay for that".

Big issue:  drive it around for an hour or so, mixed highway/city, and  
observe the gas mileage.  Reset the meter on the dash and see what you  
get on your drive.  Drive it like you normally would any other car,  
climate control on and everything.  In current MD weather, anything  
under 43-44mpg average is a red flag.

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