Okay, Wayne. I'll make you a deal. Maybe we can come to some sort of a non-agreement agreement. You know, in a non-committal, committal sort of way. eh...how about this:
A. If LMPG is available on a car, I won't necessarily reject that car out of hand.
B. If it's not available, I won't necessarily reject that car out of hand, either.
C. If it's available, and unusually low, maybe I can choose to reject the car. Or all other things being equal, maybe I can bargain the price of the car down. If I'm the seller, maybe I should expect the buyer to want to bargain the price down...
D. If it's there, and it's unusually high, maybe I can expect the seller to want more for the car...and maybe I'll be willing to pay more. And if I'm the seller, maybe I can try to get more for the car.
All of the above are contingent upon this little thing: No "hacks" appear on the web or in repair shops. The first time somebody is able to hack the LMPG, then everything goes out the window, because the value is useless. Such as the mechanical ODO is in older vehicles.
Regardless of the reasons, I think it would be smart for everybody to recognize that in the end, LMPG really may ultimately become useless as a bargaining tool.
Consider these points: When you last sold a car, you may have found out that various Lojack and/or alarm systems, and/or high-end audio systems didn't matter a hill of beans. The car was only worth what the car was worth. Sometimes, it simply doesn't matter if you have a great paint job. Or whether you've got maintenance records. Or if you have a high LMPG.
Whatever you've put into it, whether its maintenance, a great sound system, regular waxings, or plain old right-foot TLC behind the wheel, sometimes the car is simply only worth what it's worth...and no more, no less.
My only point here is that people considering a used hybrid may or may not wish to make their decision based heavily upon LMPG. Or any other single factor, for that matter.
There. I've officially beaten this horse to death. Thanks for listening!