On the Road Again
June 5, 2014 9:47 AM Subscribe
So I bought a new-to-me car last night, and I pick it up on Friday. Now I'm asking myself all the questions I should have asked myself at the dealership. Help?
I have two questions - first about warranties, and second about Prius's in general.
The car is a Toyota Certified Used Hybrid - 2011 Prius Three, with about 38,500 miles on it. It's a Carfax 1-owner vehicle, previously leased. Regular oil changes, no accidents/damage reported. The Carfax report looked good. There was one open recall which the dealer is fixing at their cost. The original basic warranty has expired. Regular maintenance/oil changes were performed, inspections passed, etc.
Certification includes a 12-month/12,000 mile Comprehensive Warranty
174 Point Quality Assurance Program
8-year/100,000-mile Factory Hybrid Vehicle
I've only bought one car before in my life, and it was new. I did a lot of reading (here and other places) before deciding I could stand the stress of buying something used. I knew that they would try to sell me a bunch of stuff in the Finance office, because that's where they make a lot of their money, and I knew that under normal circumstances I should refuse everything.
Which I did! But now I'm second-guessing myself.
The finance guy tried really hard to sell me on something called a Toyota Certified Platinum Vehicle Service Agreement, since the original warranty on the car had expired. I know it's his job to seem stunned when someone doesn't want this, but he seemed stunned in particular that someone buying a used Prius wouldn't want it.
First question: Was I wrong to decline this? It would have added about $35 a month to my payments, which doesn't seem like a lot, but I had a number in mind for monthly payments and I'd already exceeded it by $28. Are Prii in general more likely to need something like this? If it helps to know, I'm likely to put around 18,000 miles on it within the next year, and about 15,000 the year after.
Second question: What could go wrong? I've never driven or owned a Prius before. Experienced Prius-owners - is there anything I should be especially aware of or careful about? Are there any bad things more likely to happen with a Prius than with another car?