Buying a Prius on Craigslist cars
Since the first generation was released in 1997, the Toyota Prius continues to capture the attention of thousands of Americans. 11 years later in 2008, Toyota sold their 1 millionth Prius. Two years later they doubled us with 2 million vehicles sold. This trend continues as more people are interested in purchasing a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle. Today’s gas prices average around $3.50 per gallon which is more than three times what it was 10 years ago. As fuel prices continue to rise, demand for hybrid electric vehicles will continue to soar high.
Originally introduced in 1997, the first Prius were only available in the country of Japan. These vehicles were sold until 2003 when the second generation arrived. The next generation Prius had a roomier interior and additional luggage room. The new design was more aerodynamic and cooled the interior cabin with an electric air conditioner compressor which was the first of its kind. The third generation arrived in 2009 with a much lower price tag which helped it compete with the Honda hybrid. This vehicle has a combined fuel mileage of 50 miles per gallon and a 1.8 L engine, pushing out nearly 100 hp. One unique feature about this vehicle is that it does not have any accessory belts thanks to an electric water pump.
If you are thinking about purchasing one of these cars than buying one used may be a good choice. Use Prius’, were available, are thousands of dollars less than new models. In high demand areas such as Seattle these vehicles are a little bit difficult to come across. In lower demand areas you can get a used Prius for as little as $15,000 in great condition. Simply search Craigslist cars for the keyword Prius. Be sure that you are looking in the subsection that matches your current city. If you would like to get the most out of your experience you may want to look outside of your city. Many car shoppers today shop well over 50 miles outside of their city in order to get a great deal on a car. Sometimes, it is worth a little bit of extra gas money to save thousands of dollars. Before you buy an electric hybrid vehicle such as the Prius, ensure that you have the battery pack checked out and it has a few years of life left in them. These battery packs can be quite expensive if you have to replace them immediately. The warranty usually comes with eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever one is reached first. A battery replacement can cost upwards to $2000. This is something that you will want to consider before buying a hybrid vehicle. Considering that most people do not own a car for longer than four or five years, you may only have to replace the battery once during the time that you own it. If you keep the vehicle long enough you will eventually need to replace the battery.