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How To Select The Right Toyota Prius For Your First Time

Thinking of getting into a Toyota Prius but not sure where to start? See if you fall into one of these categories that may help you get the right hybrid.
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There are all different kinds of people in this world. Some of them like tacos, some like hotdogs, and even those who enjoy tofu. While these people would be interesting to talk about, that is not my focus.

I want to explain today about the different types of people that buy or are looking to buy Prius. If you should happen to fall into one of these categories, you may find yourself happier with your next Prius purchase.

What are these categories you ask? Excellent question. I am about to reveal that to you here momentarily, actually right now.

The "Only Buy New" Group Of People
Hey, if you got it, flaunt it. I have known many people who have owned several Prius generations and held them all since new. There is nothing wrong with owning a new car if you know you can afford it.

The people that buy Prius new want to enjoy the car for what it is merely. To have a completely worry-free driving experience can be very soothing when you are out tooling about the countryside.

2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e Silver

Others may buy a new Prius because they want to enjoy the fresh car smell or the fit and finish of a new car. Whatever it is that drives this type of people to buy new keep it up, we need you.

If you feel that you are the type of person that wants worry-free driving, free maintenance (initially), and a warranty, buying new is for you.

The "Only Buy Used" Group Of People
Again there is nothing wrong with buying a used car. I have owned seven Prius vehicles now, but I do not fall into this category. The only buy used group of people wants to have as new of a car as possible but without all the depreciation of driving a new car off the lot (sorry new car only people it is true).

2008 Toyota Prius Blue

The typical used Prius person has done their homework. They want to know the condition of the hybrid battery, what services were performed, and how many owners the Prius had. They are not too picky and usually compare several used Prius options before finding "the one."

If you are a user only Prius person who can live without a warranty (in some cases) and not knowing the full history of the car, this option is excellent. You may find a great deal out there on a "like new" Prius that will still give you all the fulfillment of new but at a fraction of the cost.

If this sounds like you, used is the way to go.

The "Only Buy Damaged/Broken" Group Of People
I fall into this group of people. Why? Well, I have owned seven used and broken Prius now. I have been able to buy them for very little money. I have then been able to fix them for a few more dollars and enjoy all the benefits of the car.

This type of Prius owner is also a person who loves to tinker, which is also me 100%. I love to fix things and do maintenance; it is very satisfying to me. I also like to improve the car when possible finding small things to add to my Prius that did not come factory but help with the fit and finish of the vehicle.

2010 Toyota Prius Head Gasket Failure

This type of person also enjoys talking to people who end up buying the car off of him/her. They like to tell people what they did to the vehicle and how they know it is the right car.

If this is you, keep looking for the next Prius that needs a battery or something significant where you can pick it up for cheap. One more thing about this type of people, they are also pretty mechanically inclined, meaning that they can fix most if not all problems that could occur with Prius.

Conclusion
There are other types of people besides these three, but generally speaking, these are your groups. I hope that one day I can feel comfortable walking onto a car lot and buying a new car. As a "type 3" person that loves to fix things, it is hard for me to spend money on something I know I can get for less.

I love Prius; they are great cars. If you ever want to chat about getting one drop me a line on Twitter or find me on Facebook. I would check my Instagram, but I'm not that cool yet lol.

Thank you all for reading and be on the lookout for my next story. If You Need A New Hybrid Battery For Your Toyota Prius, Check This Place Out

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.


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