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#1 of 20 Purchasing a USED Hybrid
May 23, 2005 (7:06 pm)
Hi! I always said that I would drive my current Honda into the ground, and then purchase a Hybrid. Well, my curreny vehicle was totaled 2 weeks ago, but I am currently an unemployed graduate student. I am trying to find a way to use the insurance payment (about $9000) in a way that still meets my values of fuel efficiency and environmental conservation, despite my limited means.
I have not shopped for a vehicle in 8 years, and need one rather soon, so I have MANY questions. Feel free to answer one or as many as you like, and to direct me elsewhere. . .
Is it possible to purchase USED hybrids, yet? If so, where do I find the best deals (websites, rental car agencies, elsewhere)? Which makes and models are my best bets? Are there any special programs available to get graduate students or low income folks into hybrid vehicles?
If a hybrid is not an option, then which traditional makes/models/years out there might fit into my budget, but offer exceptional fuel efficiency and maintenance track records?
Thanks so much!
#2 of 20 Re: Purchasing a USED Hybrid [wildatheart01]
May 23, 2005 (7:17 pm)
If you can get by with a 2 place vehicle. I think you will get the most for your money from a used Honda Insight. They are not big sellers and they don't have great resale. They cost Honda a lot more to build than they are selling them for. The manual Transmission version should give you great mileage. And they have more than enough performance for our highways. Their size is the only real limitation. Cheap way to get in on the hybrid move.
#3 of 20 Re: Purchasing a USED Hybrid [wildatheart01]
May 24, 2005 (6:17 am)
Under your circumstances you're probably better off with a non-hybrid vehicle. A used Civic or Corolla should suite you fine.
May 24, 2005 (8:08 am)
Check out a used Honda Civic Hybrid. I think larsb got a used HCH - you should ask him.
#5 of 20 Correcto - I got mine "used" although
May 24, 2005 (8:22 am)
it only had 4823 miles on it and was Honda Certified, so it was about as close to a "new" car as you can get.....
I have had no problems at all with mine - no unscheduled maintenance, no problems at all....48.8 MPG for the 12,000+ miles I have driven it. I love my HCH !!!
#6 of 20 RE: Correcto - I got mine "used" although
May 24, 2005 (2:58 pm)
Right on! Sounds great! I'd like to ask you a few more questions . . .
Do you mind telling me how much you paid for it "used"?
Also, is "Honda Certified" the same thing as "certified pre-owned"?
Do I need to go through any 'ol Honda dealership to find such a deal, or do you suggest a particular website or other route to find deals like this one?
#7 of 20 Details....
May 24, 2005 (3:13 pm)
I paid $19,324, and new it sold at $21,758 (the original sticker was in the glovebox).
I think the "Honda Certified" is similar to the "Toyota Certified" meaning it goes through an extensive checklist and is brought to "new" specs and is warrantied for 60,000 miles on certain components (above all the stuff that is standard 36,000 miles I mean).
Any location that sells Honda Civic Hybrids is a likely place to get a Honda Certified car, but I think only a "honda Dealer" can apply that certification to the car.
Hope that helps !!
#8 of 20 Re: Details.... [larsb]
May 24, 2005 (3:20 pm)
it does. thanks! problem, is that even this option is TWICE my budget! so, i'll keep my eyes out, but it sounds like hybrids are still too new for my wallet - - that i may need to wait for a used one that's been out on the streets a while longer.
thanks for the input. and feel free to continue to advise! i'll keep checking in!
#9 of 20 Used Prius
May 25, 2005 (7:41 am)
Might also check out used models of the previous generation Prius. Since that model's 4-5 years old now, it might be closer to the $10K mark.
#10 of 20 Re: Used Prius [mirth]
May 28, 2005 (12:12 pm)
great! i'll keep looking. any ideas on non-hybrid older model vehicles with exceptional fuel efficiency? i do need at least 4 seats, though, so the Insight or similar non-hybrids would be too small.