If the Prius is CA certified there is an 150,000 warranty on some items including the battery.
I drive 50,000 miles per year. So it looks like a CA certified Prius would be a better buy for me.
Can anyone recommend a dealer? I can wait for a 2005!
I can tell you to absolutely AVOID Elmore Toyota in Westminster, CA. They're basically theiving, lying bastards and will never see me again, even if it's maintenance THEY cover...
Where have you heard about the 150,000 warranty? Is this standard for all Prii bought in CA or through a specific dealer? Is it effected at all if I move OUT OF CA?
Yes it is true; there is a 150,000 mile warranty on the Prius here in California. I purchased mine at Toyota of Oxnard. I have nothing but praise for them. I was on the waiting list back in February and in June I got a call that a person ahead of me on the list had opted out of his and I went ahead a took it. A week after I purchased my lovely #6 silver Prius I received yet an other call from the same dealer. Apparently they had forgotten to take me of their list. Again an other person did not want to take his car.
They sold the car to me at MSRP, no hassles, had a Toyota University trained specialist go through the whole car with all its features. I was told all the little secrets about how to drive the car, what the different sounds are that it may make as well as the "check engine" light coming on in the first 150 miles of the car. He showed me how to reset the light myself.
Now they claim the waiting list is 8 - 12 months, but you never know. I think that the Prius is such a hot item here in California that the waiting lists are much larger. The dealer as Oxnard said that if I want to sell my Prius he would give me at least 30K for it, because there are so many people who are willing to pay more than MSRP.
Better read the fine print really carefully. I suspect that once you drive it out of California and register it in Arizona, the warranty will drop back to the regular period. California has low sulphur gasoline, so manufacturers are willing to warranty the emmissions equipment for a longer period. Arizona's gas will use up the catalytic converter faster. I know it doesn't really have any effect on the battery, but I suspect the battery is just going along for the ride with the higher emmissions equipment warranty.