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prius incentives or cash back?

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Posted by robertson on June 9, 2005, 5:31 am
hi all

will i be able to find a prius this weekend when i go shopping? at a good
price? the lower end model(s) seem to fit my needs well. are there any
rebates or cash incentives? or is this just wishful thinking?

i have a truck i owe $2K and the kelley bluebook says my truck in its
present condition and milage is worth $k in a trade in.
you guys who work the car sales negotating thiung-----what advice do you
have for me? am i stuck looking at a Ford F150 4x4 to realize a cash
back/incentive large enough to turn my flip/flopped loan around?? i travel
about 40k per year and the hybrid looks darn good right now!!.



Posted by art on June 9, 2005, 11:48 am
For the hottest selling car in America? Be grateful if you pay MSRP!

Wake up Detroit!!!!! Sell us what we need!!!!

Posted by richard schumacher on June 9, 2005, 1:24 pm
 Consumer Reports has good advice on how to buy a car, including
negotiation.  Go here


and click on "autos".  

Borrowing money is expensive.  Buying a new car is expensive.  The
cheapest thing for you to do is probably just to keep driving what you
have now until it falls apart.  If your car were falling apart now and
you had to buy a different one soon, then the minimal total cost of
ownership solution is something like a two or three year old Corolla.

A Prius won't even start saving money overall until gas is at least $ a
gallon; I bought mine to reduce pollution and oil imports, and to enjoy
geeky new technology, *not* to save money.

Posted by S Narayan on June 9, 2005, 11:25 pm

You are right, you may not save money (but we are getting close to $ in
California!), but if you are buying a new car anyway the Prius or other high
efficiency hybrid makes sense. The money you pay to buy a car goes into the
car company, to the dealer etc. When you spend money on extra fuel it goes
to the Arabs, the oil companies and other middle men. I would rather have my
money go into auto companies that are looking to the future in terms of
technology and innovation than enriching the oil people.

Posted by dbs__usenet on June 10, 2005, 7:08 am
Since the resale on the Prius is higher than average, it actually saves you
money from day one.  The deprciation is lower due to demand.

On the other hand... Gas here has gotten real close to $.00

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