I have £4000 to buy a used Toyota Prius. Do you have any advice on what to look out for?

I’m looking for a used Toyota Prius as I think that’s the most affordable, reliable and economical used automatic family car for my budget. I’m also a huge fan of Toyotas based on my previous two Mk1 Yaris, which I had to sadly part with. It'll mostly be used for city driving in London with some long trips. What are the pitfalls I should look out for on inspection and test drive? With a budget of £3000-£4000, what would be the best year/model to purchase? Thanks in advance!

Asked on 2 August 2021 by chocolatekay66

Answered by Andrew Brady
The Toyota Prius is a very reliable car. Your biggest challenge, particularly at this budget, will be finding one that hasn't had a hard life as a taxi. If you can find one that hasn't covered an excessive amount of miles and comes with evidence of regular maintenance, it could be a good purchase. Receipts for servicing at a Toyota dealership will be a bonus – they carry out a hybrid health check which should give you an insight into the status of the batteries.
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