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Old 12 Jan 2011, 09:01 am
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Default Should I buy this hybrid car?

The car is a 2000 Honda Insight with 153,000, he is aking 3900 for it. The tires are worn out but mechanically the car is good (claims there are no problems). Is he asking for too much? no major dents or scraches..

what do you think?
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 09:16 am
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I think that sounds like a bad idea. Hybrids and electric cars seem like a decent enough idea when they are new but older ones sound like a headache to me. The initial price is high for a hybrid and the savings come over time with the fuel savings. Why would someone get rid of a car when they are finally starting to see the savings from their initial investment.... unless the car is starting to have issues with the complex electrical systems. I wouldn't do it.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 09:31 am
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Has the battery been replaced if it still has the original battery for the hybrid part it probably is about shot and costs about $4,000 for a new one. other than that check kelly blue book for the value. Keep in mind Hybrids only save money on around town driving if you drive much on the highway the extra weight of the hybrid will cost you a few miles per gallon over straight gas.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 09:46 am
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Price is fine and reasonable, that is a tremendous amount of miles so glad it's only $3,900. So you'll have to buy new tires, no biggie....some updated rims would be nice, The 2000 Insight had terribly ugly and boring wheels. What is the condition of the hybrid battery on this car? I heard those hybrid batteries could be EXPENSIVE?
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 10:16 am
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The hybrid cars sound good on paper, but in reality, they are not that great. The old insight used the electric engine as the support for the acceleration, which means, it turned on only during the hard acceleration. It's rather slow in low revs, thanks to the small engine.

Also, the age of a car tells you that the batteries are due to be replaced, if they haven't been already, and paying $4k for the batteries more then doubles the initial price you would pay for the car.

In other words, stay clear from it, and get something more conventional.
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Good deal.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 10:46 am
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You should also consider that such a car may be expensive to insure. Check your insurance rates before buying one, for example here -
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