Monday, January 25, 2016

The Car Doctor Makes Good Points

Well, mostly.
Q. I’m looking at purchasing a 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid with only 65,000 miles on it. I know the owner; he is a co-worker, and they seldom use it. What worries me is how they took care of it. I understand some of the issues that time alone can do to a car; my concern is with the hybrid battery. I know battery replacement for any Toyota Prius is costly, and I’m very concerned about this PHEV model. Should I take a chance and buy the car? 
A. The typical life of a conventional hybrid car battery is about 10 years, and many last nearly the life of the car. I would expect the larger PHEV battery to last as long. With the recent lower gas prices, the Prius and other hybrids are not commanding the higher prices that they were when gasoline was nearly $4 a gallon; consequently, this could be a very good buy.
So here's the deal, my perspective.

A 65K Prius Plug-in is probably been well taken and obviously, not drive a lot. Good news.

"Concern" about the "hybrid battery" is so 2005. These batteries have proven, for more than a decade to be robust. The last thing I would would worry about is the battery.

The Car Doctor also makes a great point on how lower gas prices depresses the Prius's normally high resale value, which makes them a better deal since when gas goes up, and it always does, eventually, you'll see added value to your purchase.

No idea where it is, what the potential remaining warranty coverage might be or what shape it is in but it might be a great deal assuming the basic configuration works for your needs.