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Old 01-01-2011, 12:06 AM
 
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cost is obviously or obviously should be what determines what car you will purchase. I do not have the "touring" prius as I felt the "lower end" model handled better on the road. some disagree, but I saved a few thousand. i have a package 3 which comes with everything cool that the higher end prius has except the navigation (all navigation systems are better after market). i think the upper end version also has the super bright headlamps, which you can purchase yourself and install if you care about that while saving serious cash. i didnt want leather in my car so that was a no brainer and also saves money.

but the prius isnt a "cheap" car but it is definitely not something over 40k. I bought mine brand new. by brand new i mean it came off the boat from japan, delivered by truck to the dealership and i met it there. i paid around 38k including taxes and all the dealership crap.

i had my car when gas prices were going crazy. i am sorry folks but omg i loved that. i still average 49 mpg (used to get 50, but i kind of drive bad now). my tank full is about 8-10 gallons. its a flexible tank so it varies like that. gas gauge is very reliable. i gas up so infrequently i cant remember how to use and pay at a gas pump. that ticks me off, but it is awesome at the same time.

gas is only going to get more expensive. no one can say otherwise. just no one really knows when it'll hit $5/gal or get to the point europe has been in for decades. we will EVENTUALLY be paying 7-8 bucks a gallon. i am planning on driving my prius till it is dead. that is likely to be a long time from now as long as I do regular maintenance (recommended every 5,000 miles). toyotas are also very reliable so i am feeling good about that. forget all that recall stuff. the recall was them cutting to make your floor mat shorter. if you are such a dult that you cant figure out your floor mat is interferring with your pedal wtf are you doing behind the wheel of a car. i still dont know how that happens. most of the stories that came out about the car accidents related to the "defect" ended up being fraud anyway (and a murder or two).

as i get paid the standard .50/mile travel for my work I make a profit of a couple of hundred dollars a month. sweet deal for me. My car is paid off, but it'll pay me back well before I have finished driving it.

the hybrid system is just also so cool. it is pretty neat to be driving top of the line technology. it is where everything in the market will be heading, some are already running there.

also look for people selling their hybrids when gas hits its peak again. there were people selling their USED priuses for PROFIT. i know people who sold their old ones for a profit and turned around and used that money to buy the new year version.

drive a couple different cars and read all about them. but I can't see anything wrong with a hybrid. people get fanatical about it because once you own it and drive it and see all the benefits it just becomes ridiculous to hear a car next to you running its engine at a red light!
when r u selling ur hybrid's ?
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Can some1 tell me if I want to check out used cars online which website should I use ?
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:22 PM
 
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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autotrader, craigslist, ebay - sites where many people sell their used cars.

kelly blue book or napa for used car prices

you have to pay for carfaxes, but can get an unlimited for a month (recommend) or single carfax. carfax doesnt tell you everything, but something you still need to do. you can also sometimes search around online and someone will be giving out their carfax login for the unlimited. check car forums for this.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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autotrader, craigslist, ebay - sites where many people sell their used cars.

kelly blue book or napa for used car prices

you have to pay for carfaxes, but can get an unlimited for a month (recommend) or single carfax. carfax doesnt tell you everything, but something you still need to do. you can also sometimes search around online and someone will be giving out their carfax login for the unlimited. check car forums for this.
I just checked with ebay.

I'm simply SHOCKED .... Why ?

Here's why : I could see a 2007 Honda Civic whose actual price is 15,000 $ is being bidded at 3500 $ & Ebay says the person winning this bid will win the car at this rate (~3500).
Omfg, is this true ?
Ebay also gives KBB & Carfax Reports/Values so are those reliable ?
And that car is in Houston only can I go & check it out ?

Please reply quickly...Please Please
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:52 AM
 
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Carfax does not have everything. Get it fully inspected first.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Carfax does not have everything. Get it fully inspected first.
Alright, but why would some1 put a 15K$ car for a sale/bid of 5K$ ?
There has to be a major fault somewhere isn't it ?
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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its used. typical cars lose most of their value as soon as someone buys it. 5k sounds about a fair price for a 2007 when there are 2011s driving around. maybe mileage is high. maybe a lot of things. check a carfax yourself, arrange to meet the seller someone publicly in a well lit place (heh) and see if the seller is willing to bring it to a shop you have chosen to have it inspected. if they are a serious seller and you look to be a serious buyer they should be willing to do this

dont bring the money with you, but let them know you have it and look serious. or bring it with you and a bunch of extra people. i dont know how you are physically, but in houston people have been shot and robbed of the money in fake buyer-meets-seller arrangements
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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Alright, but why would some1 put a 15K$ car for a sale/bid of 5K$ ?
There has to be a major fault somewhere isn't it ?
Thats just the starting bid. The seller will pick the highest bidder to close teh deal.

We have no idea of the history of this vehicle either.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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its used. typical cars lose most of their value as soon as someone buys it. 5k sounds about a fair price for a 2007 when there are 2011s driving around. maybe mileage is high. maybe a lot of things. check a carfax yourself, arrange to meet the seller someone publicly in a well lit place (heh) and see if the seller is willing to bring it to a shop you have chosen to have it inspected. if they are a serious seller and you look to be a serious buyer they should be willing to do this

dont bring the money with you, but let them know you have it and look serious. or bring it with you and a bunch of extra people. i dont know how you are physically, but in houston people have been shot and robbed of the money in fake buyer-meets-seller arrangements
Wear bullet-proof vest.
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