Things to know when buying a used Toyota Prius
The majority of people know Toyota Prius as the car that has changed drivers’ views on hybrid-electric vehicles. Prius was not the first hybrid car sold in America, but it had amazing success, and it remains the most popular model of hybrid until now. Because the first model of Toyota Prius was launched 11 years ago, it is common to be found on websites with used cars. So, if you want to invest in a hybrid car, in Edmund’s opinion the 2017 Toyota Prius is the best choice. And if you do not have money for a new one, then you should take a look at the websites which list used cars, because you will definitely find one to suit your needs. Here are some things you should keep in mind when buying a used Toyota Prius.
How a Toyota Prius works?
Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain powers every single one of the Prius models. This means that they have two motors, one powered by gasoline and an electric one. The motors deliver power to the wheels of the car through a planetary gearbox. The car features a computer on board that will determine if the car has to be powered by the electric motor, the gasoline one, or by both of them. Gentle deceleration or braking will send power to the battery pack from the wheels, and in this way turn the motors into generators. As a driver, you will not find it difficult to get used to the car, because the computer running on board will ease your job.
Does Prius need any service or support?
Prius comes in three generations, and independent garages and Toyota garages support all of them. Some of the independent garages from your town offer services suitable to maintain and repair your Prius. However, you should know that if you do not get the upgrades of the car at a Toyota service, the manufacturer would not support them. If you want to find more details about this car, you should join one of the online forums dedicated to the brand.
It is advisable to buy a used Prius from a well-known provider. You should make sure you check the applicable recalls on the vehicle because all models of Toyota Prius have been involved in recalls during the years. Toyota has its own database where you can check this aspect.