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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:40 pm
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Default Honda Civic Hybrid 2003: What should I Pay for it?

I've found a 2003 Civic Hybrid and I've taken it out for over an hour of driving so far and I have no complaints. It does, however, have 110,000 miles on it... It has no scratches, it's never had any work on it other than maintenance, everything on it looks and still works great. It's blue-booked at around $9700 minimum for a private party, but I'm considering buying from a used car lot which seems respectable and has their own mechanics. They're asking $11900, but so far I've been able to talk them into the $8500 range.My main question is: are the batteries still going to work like they should after 110,000 miles, and is that an alright price for an otherwise very nice looking Civic Hybrid? I could really use the advice because my parents (whom I rely on for advice in these matters) say "I'd never buy a car with that many miles"... Should I trust them, or what say you?
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:42 pm
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I'll be honest and say I don't know much about the hybrids. I would assume the batteries don't hold a charge as they did when new, but you should look it up and see how quickly they normally wear out. In the world of Honda's, mechanics wise, they are better than most other companies, this is one place where I could truly say they hold their value for a good reason. I've heard of Honda's with 300k miles on them, I own one with 137k on it and it is in excellent shape. It's said as long as you keep up on the regular maintenance on them, you typically will have no problems. I suggest you have your mechanic look the car over to make sure everything is in order, then research the battery question. If it checks out then go for it, don't let the mileage scare you unless the batteries are the issue.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:45 pm
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:48 pm
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I would not buy a hybrid with five year old batteries. Usage and age are both considerations with the batteries. Also, I would think twice before buying a hybrid. The cost of changing the batteries is staggering, and negates any savings at the gas pump. The type of batteries in hybrids usually last for thousands of cycles, but only about 7 years, so you are coming up on a battery replacement, which will push your real price tag much, much higher. Either consider a brand new hybrid, or something like the Honda Civic, which gets 38 mpg, and has no expensive battery. Also, there is the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris that get 40mpg. Good luck!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:52 pm
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110,000 miles is LOW for a Honda. Trust me. They are built to run on high miles. Granted, yes, that's a lot of miles for an 03, it's still a Honda. My friend had a 93 Honda Del Sol than ran past 200,000 miles and I had 87 CRX that did the same. 8500 is a good price for that car and I'd say go for it beacuse it's a dependable car.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:54 pm
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I have a 2003 HCH and I would consider the range that you are in a VERY fair price. The Hybrid battery is only under warranty up to 80,000 miles; however, I have heard that they go much longer. Mine is at 77,000 miles right now. It has been a wonderful car for me. Last year I made the trip from Dallas to Michigan with only two fill ups in between and I had a half of a tank when I arrived! I have seen the hybrid battery as low as $1500.00 should the need arise to buy the battery. Yes, it is an expensive repair, but one that you will probably only make once during the life of the car (twice if you keep it a REALLY long time). As far as Honda quality and dependability, we have seen both in our Hybrid. It has been a great car.Feel free to E-mail me through my profile if you have other questions about the hybrid. Blessings
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:58 pm
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Why do you want to buy a car with 110,000?Try a government seized auto auction, there is a huge variety of automobiles available for you to bid on. The majority of vehicles at a government car auction have been repossessed from criminals or people who have failed to make payments on government loans. There are also government car auction vehicles that are "retired" police cruisers or other government vehicles that are no longer in service. You can usually find a wide range of makes and models!Why waste time and money with a that guy who ask for $11900 when you can go to a government seized auto auction, where you can buy a car 90% off Retail Value?http://www.purchaseusedcar.info/index.php?t=purused
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