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Old 07-31-2019, 04:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many miles do you think this $2,000 2010 dealership Prius has?

I cannot tell what submodel this is. It has fourteen pretty clear pictures. KBB says the least valuable version is the I. With default settings, it says the fair purchase price for one with 110,485 miles is $8,207. I put in 999,999 miles and it says $5,797.

Is KBB unrealistic for the mountains? Everyone says "This is truck country."
I see Prii infrequently.

Five years ago I met a nurse up here that described herself as an "Intellectual."

She had a Prius and she talked excessively about it, but nothing intellectual.

It automatically unlocked when she walked up and locked when she walked away. She could drive to Phoenix and back on one tank!

I honestly wonder if there is a single production car that couldn't.

I asked her about fuel economy.

"Miles per gallon?"

When she told me she had a Prius I responded "Oh! You have the one Prius on the mountain!"
"No, there are more Prien than any other car."


It seems obvious that if they do not advertise the mileage, one of the most important details of car buying, then it must be bad, but I looked at six other cars, and they only listed mileage on three of them. The highest averaged 12,600 miles a year.

Why do dealerships always write in all caps? I fixed that (and some spelling errors):
2010 Toyota Prius
1.8l hybrid synergy drive 4 cylinder engine
Automatic transmission
Gray exterior
Gray cloth interior

Front wheel drive
Power windows
Power door locks
Power steering
Power side mirrors
Steering wheel mounted climate controls
Cruise control
Am/FM stereo w/ CD player
Steering wheel mounted stereo controls
Fuel economy display
System info display
EV mode, eco mode, power mode
Rear spoiler
There are endless Prii elsewhere in Arizona. I found 27 at dealerships before Craigslist started showing me the wrong cars. I saw ads for 2004 to 2010 Prii (I excluded newer ones). The 2004s averaged 147,045 miles for $5,083. One of them was the cheapest at $4,671. A 2010 had the most miles at 225,725 miles. The most expensive was a 2007 with 49,499 miles for $10,850. There were 15 2010s! On average, the dealers were asking $7,620.13 for one with 139,544 miles.

I found 26 for sale by owner, a 2001 with 226,000 miles for $1,200 and nothing will work until some hero replaces the radiator fans, a 2009 with 37,600 miles, asking $14,800 (!), and 9 2010s, on average with 139,340 miles for $7,021.89. The Prius with the most miles was a 2007 with 238,000. They asked $3,000.

It is the only Prius in the area on Craigslist, although a 2008 GMC Sierra showed up for some reason. Are they a wholesaler? Here is a 2006 V6 Accord for $850! Here is a 2009 Focus for $1,995.

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