How to Purchase a Toyota Prius

Three Parts:Doing your researchTest driving the PriusPurchasing a Prius

With the rise of popularity in people driving Toyota Priuses, you'll probably want to find out how you can purchase one too. If this sounds like something that appeals to you very much, start at Step 1 below and follow the directions from there on to ensure you purchase your vehicle in a timely manner.

Part 1
Doing your research

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    Do your research well. Prius cars are too expensive to make a minor mistake. Learn what makes this car much different from other cars on the road of the present day. Perhaps is the statement from Toyota that said that this car is the most efficient car on the road that makes your face smile to pieces, or maybe it's something else that this car has that no other car on the road has that makes you smile from ear to ear.
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    Bring your current trade-in car to a Toyota dealership. Explore your options. Although some people can afford a Toyota Prius, there are some that can't and need other options, even after test-driving the vehicle.

Part 2
Test driving the Prius

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    Test drive a Prius. See if it has the right fit for you. Most salespeople from the Toyota brand will want to strap into the car when you decide to take the test drive of the Prius. The Prius is an easy car for the dealer to lose, and they don't want you leaving the dealership lot without them inside the car (should you want to gallivant for a short drive away).
    • Test out the placement of the pedals and see if the distance between the pedals fits your driving style.
    • Have the dealer salesperson explain how the Prius manages its gas with its gas-electric engine from the Energy Consumption screen when stopped at a traffic light. They either may do it without even asking, or you may need to prompt them to remind them that it's one of those things all dealers should discuss during the test drive.
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    Have the dealer explain some of the other features of the Prius you are currently driving. If you are currently driving a certified used pre-owned Prius, get to know the specs of miles per gallon differences in city/town driving.

Part 3
Purchasing a Prius

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    Take it back to the dealership. If you feel the car can easily adapt to become your new car, discuss the terms of payment with the dealer salesperson. Recognize that buying a Prius is a long-term commitment you must make, and a transition that can be tough to adapt to (unless you are "rolling in money").
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    Plan if you will be able to afford the car in the upcoming months to years. Plan on leasing the car, if you don't have the complete full amount due upon signing. Look for alternative payment options, along with selling your current car on a trade-in book value (every little bit helps).
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    Have a co-signer there when you start the lease/loan. Leasing the car may make the bank own the car, but you'll be able to keep it in your driveway (as long as you can make the payments) during the time. Don't forget about the taxes on each payment of the lease.
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    Follow all directions to purchase the car. Give the Toyota salesman your name and address, and all payment details. Specify which color car you want, along with the customization packages you want to include in the car's purchase (as this may increase the value of price, but add to the usable amount of stuff your Prius can do for you in the end).
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    Say goodbye to the sales-fellow, as you walk out of the dealership happy. If they say that you can take the Prius when you walk out, good. Most times (especially for those new Priuses), they'll have to locate the customizations you've ordered on the order form, along with the color car you chose from the sales brochure, which could take a few days to a week or two, but it's waiting time well spent to get the right fit for your car.
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    Wait for the car to either be cleaned up or shipped to the dealership. Depending on conditions of pre-owned or new, this can increase the time waiting for the car to be shipped to your dealer.


  • If you recognize that your job may not last (such as some people's seasonal employment), you may end up ditching the idea and picking another car style similar to the Prius. The Toyota Corolla is the same size/style as the Prius but without the great MPG rating but considerable to that rating. The Prius is considered to be a midsize hybrid car, and the Corolla is considered it's midsize (gas engine) car.
  • Look for slightly owned (1 year old) Prius cars, if they are available in the dealership lot, as opposed to brand new Priuses. Yes, 1-year old Prius cars might not have the same improvements as the improvements touted in the newest version, but most often, only small differences are made from year to year, and you probably won't see much MPG differences.
  • With the reason being that a Prius Hybrid battery lasting about 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometers)[1], look for a low-mileage car. Prius Hybrid batteries can cost a few thousand to replace and are only dealer-replaceable. Recognize that this battery can cost people a fortune and it would be best to buy when the mileage is under 10,000 miles (16,093.4 kilometers).
  • Try to maintain the appearance of the Prius at all times. Utilize cleaning techniques to clean the car, after you obtain it.
  • The dealer salesperson can become a lifetime friend, if you can exercise diligence in explaining everything in a calm manner.
  • If you don't want to have to increase your electric consumption at your home, choose to own a gas-electric Prius as opposed to an all-electric Prius (if available). Plus, few gas stations to this day offer plug in locations for charging your Prius, so factor this into your decision whether it will be gas-electric or all-electric.
  • The most often sold color of Prius that is sold to this day is called Classic silver (formerly called "Millennium Silver")[2]. Keep this color in mind, when choosing your colors whether or not you'd like your car to look like most of the others' back yard cars.
  • Brand new model Prius cars tend to be pre-sold starting in September of the year before the model year, so each sale can occur by January 1st of the real-time year as the model year.

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