how to buy a used hybrid car

Even though hybrid cars have been on the market since the late 1990s, and you can’t swing a hemp satchel without striking a Toyota Prius these days, there are still a few quirks to consider when putting a hybrid vehicle on your shopping list.
The reasons for wanting a hybrid are many — saving the environment, making fewer stops at the gas station, feeling good about your green self — but not every reason will pan out in the long run.
Sure, hybrid cars are a popular choice right now — but we’ve got a list of a few good reasons to not buy one.
Take a look at these five reasons to not buy a hybrid vehicle and see if any of them put the brakes on your low-emissions lust.
Another Thing to Know When Buying a Used Hybrid The last thing you may want to know about buying a used hybrid is – is if that battery pack does go out what’s it going to cost you to replace? For a car like this, a Toyota Prius from 2004 to 2009, a battery pack costs about 2,500 dollars.
And, if you’re buying a ten year old hybrid be aware like the rest of the car the electrical components, the battery pack, the electric motor and so forth are going to be out of warranty.
Difference Between Buying a Used Regular Fuel Car and a Used Hybrid Unlike a regular car where the engine node basically rises as your speed does then you shift and you go through the cycle again.
The Prius has a battery warranty of either 8 yrs/100,000 miles or 10 yrs/150,000 miles in California and a dozen or so other states that have adopted its stricter emissions rules.
Driving a Toyota Prius is a different experience than driving a conventional car, and if you’ve never been in a hybrid before, you should spend a minimum of 30 minutes behind the wheel.
The classic Prius Liftback has been rated at 50 mpg combined (51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway) since its 2010 launch, and most owners report achieving 45 mpg or so in real-world use.
From an editor who’s owned a 2004 Prius for 10 years and 100,000 miles, we have first-hand experience of the second generation’s ownership issues–including six or seven recalls.
Finally, the 2004-2009 Prius models don’t have either satellite radio or a USB port built in–and local stereo shops will tell you that adding it later is a challenging and pricey task.
In the end, we suggested she consider getting a used Prius with only 3-4 years on it and the lowest total mileage she can find, which will give her several years of service with no worry about battery life.
The Toyota Prius is by far the most common hybrid car on U.S. roads, which means there are a lot of them out there for sale as used cars.
A reader wrote to ask what she should keep in mind when starting to shop for a used Toyota Prius hybrid.
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The Hybrid Shop's battery conditioning process is able to restore battery performance up to 95% of original manufacturers' specifications — and this can save you a lot of money versus having to replace the entire battery system.
Considering the purchase of a used Hybrid vehicle? If so, you'll want to pay attention to a few things, specifically the battery life, power, and several other significant items.
"All the things that apply to looking at regular used cars apply to hybrids, plus," says Carolyn Coquillette, owner and lead mechanic at San Francisco’s Luscious Garage, a hybrid vehicle specialist.
Since the first two-seat Honda Insight rolled out of an American Honda dealer’s showroom in late 1999, more than 2.1 million "conventional" hybrids have been sold new in the U.S. (In hybrid car lingo, a conventional hybrid is one without plug-in, grid-rechargeable batteries.) More than half of those have been resold at least once, and there are more than 415,000 used hybrids on the market right now, according to figures compiled by CNW Marketing Research in Bandon, Oregon.
All that stuff helps hybrids deliver great fuel economy, but it means that people shopping for used hybrid cars have a little more to check out than do regular used car shoppers.
A thorough check of a used hybrid’s service record is the first and most important step a prospective buyer should take, says Coquillette, whose garage works on 40-50 hybrids a day and has a night shift dedicated to working on San Francisco’s sizable hybrid taxi fleet.
That means that while there are quite a few used hybrids on car lots and available through private-party sales, the most common for the next few years will be the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV, Honda Civic Hybrid, Lexus RX 400h SUV, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV.
Coquillette also suggests that whatever used hybrid model buyers pick, it is a good idea to look for cars with mileage in the 30,000-50,000 range if battery replacement cost would present an issue to the buyer.
Because hybrids have a lot of complex control and powertrain technology, it’s a good idea to find a competent hybrid mechanic to inspect a used model, especially if you are dealing with a private seller or are a first-time hybrid shopper.
Shoppers who are looking at used hybrid cars still need to check on the usual things such as oil and other fluid leaks, tire and brake wear, paint, body and interior condition and service history.
Most other hybrids use some form of the "strong" or "full" hybrid system that was initially developed by Toyota for its Prius.
Dealerships don’t always have trained hybrid mechanics, so it’s prudent, especially in regions where hybrids aren’t plentiful, to ask a dealership whether it does have certified hybrid mechanics on duty.
Hybrids all use standard 12-volt automotive batteries to power their onboard electronics, but they use much larger and more expensive battery packs to power their electric motors.’s used hybrid and electric center provides capsule reviews of cars as well as specification and features lists and our True Market Value (TMV® for each model.
The major reasons to consider a hybrid include: You want to do something good for, or make a statement about, the environment; you want to take advantage of some state’s car-pool-lane allowances for high-mileage hybrids and thus save time on your work commute; you want something with great fuel economy so you can save money on gasoline.
Does a used hybrid make sense from an economic standpoint? Generally speaking, if it’s just a matter of offsetting the price premium with the potential for better fuel economy, then certain things become fairly obvious.
The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks highly among 2010 small cars for its many standard features, excellent fuel economy and high safety ratings.
Though it’s a small hybrid, the 2011 Honda Insight has good cargo space and performance, along with class-leading fuel economy ratings and high reliability and safety scores.
The 2010 Honda Insight has decent performance and fuel economy for a hybrid, as well as above-average safety and reliability scores.
The 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid has some of the best fuel economy ratings in its class, and its high safety scores should appeal to family-minded shoppers.
With fantastic fuel economy ratings, the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid is a highly-ranked contender among used midsize cars.
6 BTUs, or about 991 gallons of gasoline in energy to produce a new Prius.  (estimate, source: 194989/ )  For the guzzler I'll use an Oldsmobile Bravada piece of junk my friend drives, and 16 is being generous.  You can change the numbers to make them more useful to your situation.
So somewhere towards the end of April of your second year of Hybrid ownership you'd come out ahead of the gas guzzler with respect to energy.  This of course ignores cost and what you do with the vehicles when they need to be destroyed/recycled.
La province que vous sélectionnez nous permet de calculer un prix estimé pour votre véhicule qui inclut les frais de transport et de préparation de 1 495 $ – 1 690 $, les frais de climatisation de 100 $, s’il y a lieu, et les frais du concessionnaire allant jusqu’à 125 $.
If you were looking to keep this well past 150k miles, then the expected battery life would be more of a concern, but even in the event of needing a battery replacement, the cost is similar to replacing an engine with a remanned unit.
My automotive experience revolves mostly around "disposable cars" — commonly-known compact models produed in large numbers with which independent mechanics are likely to be familiar, I usually get 100-140,000 miles of use before trade-in.
Both of the communities in which I live are semi-rural or "exurban" and offer very limited public transportation, but I seldom leave the area for trips of 100 miles or more and use "park-and-ride" when visiting New York or Phillly.
I do my own work, You can buy MUCH for a diesel VW for ~$10.00 or less (last radiator hose cost me $2.35). They Cost about $300/ 100,000 miles for Maint.
(In higher traffic, probably a Jetta Wagon for increased safety; side curtain AB…). My B4 Passats (96 & 97) get 52 mpg and have 25g tanks, thus I only need to fill every 1200+ miles.
I commute to work on a weekly basis (about 60 miles one-way) and average about 300 miles per week, down from 500-600 when I was younger.
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We are finding there are enough crashed, NHW20 Prius that there are plenty of salvage traction batteries to handle even NHW11 traction battery rebuilding with the newer modules.
04-05 Prius’ sell for about $10k around here, but paying for a replacement battery doesn’t sound fun or smart.
Hybrid ReInvolt sells refurb Prius batteries for $1500, and you could probably do it yourself for the price of two junkyard batteries.
Even the NHW11, the earlier car with an older style traction battery, doesn’t really have a finite life as much as it is a function of ‘heat’ and this is often a result of driving style and terrain.
Traction batteries from crashed NHW20s are the best source to rebuild a failed, NHW11 traction battery.
Would something like a ~2005 prius work? I’ve heard that batteries in 04-05 prius’ are near/at the end of their useful life.
Kelley Blue Book recently took a look at two high-volume hybrid vehicles, the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic hybrid, to determine how many years it would take their owners to recover the premium required to purchase a hybrid vehicle as opposed to the closest non-hybrid alternative.
"If shoppers want to buy a brand-new hybrid today, they should keep in mind that it can take upwards of 10 years to recover the premium paid for a hybrid versus a comparable non-hybrid alternative, based on $3 per gallon fuel prices and driving 12,000 miles per year," said Juan Flores, director of vehicle valuations for Kelley Blue Book.
According to Kelley Blue Book's research, when buying used, consumers should consider purchasing the hybrid alternative of an existing nameplate as opposed to an all-hybrid vehicle like the Prius.
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