If you are looking for a used Toyota Prius it is always important to remember to the car inspected by a qualified mechanic. You want to find a mechanic that has the experience of working on hybrid cars. He will know what to look for and point out any upcoming problems that could occur with the car. To find a qualified mechanic in your area try using Yelp or search for Prius Repair San Diego or similar queries in your preferred search engine.
Toyota Prius brakes: since the Prius uses an electric motor to help the car slow down, the brakes usually last longer than those on a gasoline car. If the current owner is able to provide a maintenance record and it shows frequent brake jobs, this is an indication the car has been driven hard and you will want to have your mechanic look into other parts of the car that might have excessive wear.
Toyota Prius batteries: When looking at a used Toyota Prius one cost to take into consideration is the replacement of the batteries. By law all hybrids are required to go a minimum of eight years or 100,000 miles. In California they require an even longer warranty period. Some test have shown since the batteries are used to run an electric motor the batteries tend to last much longer. So when looking for a used Prius if the car has less than 100,000 miles on it, the batteries should not be a huge concern. If the car has more than 100,000 miles then it might be a good idea to factor in the cost of replacing the batteries. You can expect to pay around $2300.00 to replace the batteries in the Prius.