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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#1617 of 2152 Re: Off-topic, Re: too much? [bob104]
Jun 11, 2008 (7:54 pm)
Amen. Someone finally gets it. All these Prius Huggers think the value of their $27,000 yesterday's technology is going to somehow increase as time goes on. It's simply not the case. Toyota is abandoning the current Prius system in favor of electricity and so is every other hybrid car maker. Yes, the majority of cars produced in 2013 will still be gasoline powered vehicles but they will all be Prius competitors and will overtake it as a more economical solution. Unlike today, Prius will not be the only green alternative. Expect Toyota to start gradually decreasing the sticker price on any gas/electric hybrid it produces, Prius or otherwise. In 5 years gas/electric hybrids will be yesterday's news and you won't see people paying $27k for a car worth at best $15,000 brand new regardless of what technology it uses to get 45MPG's.
#1618 of 2152 Re: Extended warranties [syinsd1]
Jun 11, 2008 (8:02 pm)
What's wrong with warrantyshack.com? It's supposed to be the same extended warranty from Toyota.
When I bought my Prius, the dealer sold me the 7-year/75K-mile plan for $975, and I cancelled it a few days later. I got confused with all the different warranty options and thought I was buying the 100K-mile plan. BTW, the extended warranty can be purchased anytime before the 3-year factory warranty expires. I probably won't buy it.
#1619 of 2152 Re: Extended warranties [3c3]
Jun 11, 2008 (9:33 pm)
Hasn't the Prius repair history made it about the most reliable new vehicle you can buy plus the the battery is what most people are worried about and that's covered longer by the factory warranty than the longest available extended warranty anyway?
It makes even less sense to get the extended warranty on a Prius than the average car (where it still is usually not recommended).
#1620 of 2152 Back to prices paid..
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jun 12, 2008 (8:31 am)
.. We are about done with Prius cost per mile, etc, etc...
Stick with the purchase experience please... There are plenty of forums for comparison discussions....
#1621 of 2152 Re: Off-topic, Re: too much? [indianajohns]
Jun 12, 2008 (3:36 pm)
"Toyota is abandoning the current Prius system in favor of electricity and so is every other hybrid car maker. "
That is a new one for me. So far as I know Toyota is considering a plug-in hybrid, which is still gasoline electric. The usefulness of this technology depends upon Li-Ion battery technology being able to support it.
"In 5 years gas/electric hybrids will be yesterday's news and you won't see people paying $27k for a car worth at best $15,000 brand new regardless of what technology it uses to get 45MPG's."
I see no reason for Toyota to decrease the price. With gas prices as high as they are (and unlikely to be lower), I think that they will keep the price about where it is. If anything, the lower cost cars may have a hybrid option - and would would cost more.
However, I do agree with you. As the batteries age and the cars near their 150K / 10 year warranty on the hybrid parts, plus the fact that newer models will most likely have better technology, the resale values are likely to be depressed, at least somewhat. Right now there is an anomaly, as people experience gas price shock...
#1622 of 2152 Re: Back to prices paid.. [kyfdx]
Jun 12, 2008 (4:51 pm)
Thank you host - all are debating battery life, future developments etc. all influencing the overall cost of ownership but what price are people paying for the car???
#1623 of 2152 Re: Back to prices paid.. [sergelbergeron]
Jun 13, 2008 (11:51 am)
"Thank you host - all are debating battery life, future developments etc. all influencing the overall cost of ownership but what price are people paying for the car???"
Read back through the forum, the prices are there. I think that most are paying from 300 below MSRP to 3K above MSRP (IIRC from my reading this forum). Depends on the dealer, the part of the country (SE US is more expensive), and if the dealer managed to get add-ons put on the vehicle.
#1624 of 2152 Prius6 price
Jun 13, 2008 (5:07 pm)
Toyota of Santa Maria, CA. Current quote: Prius6 with mats, $30,800 OTD, 6week-6month wait. Extended warranty, 6yr/100k, was $1100 in Oct, probably higher now.
#1625 of 2152 Extened Warranties.
Jun 16, 2008 (3:45 am)
First NEVER buy a warranty not backed by the manufacturer.
When it comes to factory warranties, you have the piece of mind that Toyota or Ford is backing the warranty.
Second, consumer reports stated in the april issue that most people come out behind on a warranty purchase by about $300.00 (ie the cost of the repairs or benefits they received during the life of the warranty was $300.00 less than the cost of the warranty.
Third, never forget that EVERYTHING you pay for at a car dealership is negotiable.
SO just make sure you get a $300 discount of the price of the warranty
#1626 of 2152 Re: Back to prices paid.. [stevedebi]
Jun 17, 2008 (7:56 am)
I work for Don Joseph Toyota in Kent, Ohio. We are selling the Prius MSRP Delivery whatever the window sticker says is the price. There was talk that we were going to start charging $1000 over MSRP like the other dealerships around here but I don't think we will be.