Post # 1
So my husband and I are in the market for a new car and really, really want a Prius for many reasons, one of which being my 2 hour daily commute. Our criteria for a car though is that (1) our loan period can’t be any longer than 36 months, (2) our payments can’t be any higher than $250/month (with our down payment which is pretty large), and (3) the car can’t have any more than 30K miles on it.
We found a 2008 Prius that fits all of these needs plus it has leather seats and navigation systsem, but my husband thinks we should buy a 2010 model with 60K miles and fewer features on it instead. I think that as long as we like how it looks, it runs well and checks out clear with carfax, and it has fewer than 30K miles on it, we should be considering it seriously.
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
When you said older car I was imagining a car from the 90’s or early 2000’s… In this case I’d hands down go for the ’08. IMO the leather seats and nav system will make it well worth it and the car will last longer despite its age.
Post # 4
2008 isn’t old at all. As long as it has no problems, go for it.
Post # 5
All other factors aside, I think the mileage counts for more than the age of the car. I’d pick the 2008 30k miles over a 2010 60k miles. When considering used cars, I think of the miles as how old and used it is.. model year at the point is irrelevant, unless you really care about the look or other features it may have.
Post # 6
@Woodstock: Agree with this. Mileage makes more of a difference with wear and tear on a car than 2 years in time. Case in point: I drive a ’97 that runs like a dream, because it only has 60K miles on it! So you are fine with an ’08, trust me that is NOT an old car lol.
Post # 7
I think the 2008 is a great choice, especially if it checks out fine with Carfax. I bought my car (a 1987 Chevy) because it only had 25k miles on it. I do a lot of driving so the lower the mileage, the better! And even though it’s an old car, it runs great. I don’t think there’s much difference between the 2008 and 2010 Prius, and the low mileage and better features of the 2008 would definitely make it my first choice. Good luck 🙂
Post # 8
The other item to check out is the quality ratings of the years in questions. The same model can have different quality ratings based on the years and can be more or less reliable as the car ages.
Doing a quick google search it looks like the 2008 has had to safety recalls. Make sure those have been fixed.
also it looks like the 2010 is a redesign and receives a 9/0 rating vs. the 8.5 rating for 2008
Post # 9
If you are purchasing from a dealership you should see if it qualifies to be Certified. I know with Nissan a certified warranty extends the normal 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty to a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty. It costs just under $500 to do and it is well worth it.
Post # 10
Personally I would go with the 2008. Mainly because it has everything that i want in a car and better KM. Also since the car is 4 years old and has only 30k then more than likely the owners took pretty good car of it. And 60,000 km is alot of km to have on a car that is only 2 years old. That is 30k a year. My car is a 2010 and i currently have 73k on it. that is quite a bit of wear and tare on a vehicle.
Based on what you described it sounds like the 08 is the much better deal
Post # 11
@ThreeMeers: I was not aware of the recalls, but I did know that the 2010 model is a redesign. I’ve been inside and tested both of them and I have no preference on the interior or exterior of either of them. They are equally nice to me.
Post # 12
Probably not… I just like things new.
Post # 13
I would never buy a car with more than 30k miles, but I would buy a 2002 if it had less than 30k miles! Why not?!
Post # 14
Seriously? I bought my brother’s old (and I mean first generation Prius from 2002) Prius off of him, it had about 40k miles on it and I bought it in cash at about blue book rate ($8,000) and have since driven it almost another 50k miles over the past 2.5 years (I have an hour commute each direction each day, approximately, 40 miles each way for 2 years, 30 miles each way the past few months since moving). It works fine, I pay less in gas, the mileage is NOT an issue at all, especially not with a Japanese car. My family doesn’t ever really buy new cars, it’s a waste of money, cars lose their value the second they leave the lot. Buy used. Buy in full whenever you can. Drive the car into the ground before switching. Get every dollar’s worth 🙂
Post # 15
@BookishBelle: That’s another thing I noticed with Prius’s is that they’re very reliable cars. I would never buy new though, like you. I worked at many a dealership in my career and I know that new cars are rarely a good deal.
Post # 16
Oh yeah, totally go for it!