Why Not to Buy a Used Hybrid Car

  • Published: 08 May 2018
  • Hybrid cars explained and why not to buy a used car. Why not to buy a used hybrid car, car review with Scotty Kilmer. The best hybrid car to buy. Toyota Prius versus Honda Insight, which is better? The pros and cons of owning a hybrid car. There are advantages to buying a used hybrid car, but also a lot of downsides. New hybrid cars can last a long time, but you should stay away from used cars. Repair bills and the price of parts for used hybrid cars can make owning one a nightmare. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   2 years back

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    • Herculy2007
      Herculy2007  8 months back

      Prius is very reliable, and I have bought 3 gen 2s for me and family. I bought my 2005 Prius with 286000 miles on it for $3K in 2016, and used it for Uber/Lyft. Now it has over 350000 miles, and is still very reliable. I get over 40 MPG on average on the original battery, and so far I have only spent $1200 in repairs : inverter coolant pump, and ABC brake module. Plus a set of tires and regular oil changes. It drives like a champ, and I recommend buying a used Prius as long you check the health of battery.

    • Minto Gean
      Minto Gean  9 months back

      I have a Toyota Camry 2007 Hybrid. The gas pedal can sometimes randomly become unresponsive while driving. The car still has power and everything else works, but it will not accelerate and slowly glide to an eventual halt as if it were on neutral. No unusual sound or anything when I press on the pedal, just zero acceleration. If I pull over and restart the car, everything becomes normal again. This happens a few times a day. Any idea what it could be? The dashboard is showing check vsc and hybrid system. I also checked the obd but the only codes that showed were regarding battery replacement.


    • M Boss
      M Boss  1 years back

      Scotty Kilmer
      Wt about Lexus CT200h

    • Mickey Kemp
      Mickey Kemp  1 years back

      Scotty Kilmer of

  • Travel Srilanka
    Travel Srilanka  2 weeks back

    How about Suzuki spacia?

    • DSNCB919
      DSNCB919  3 weeks back

      Some of you guys take this guys opinion as scripture I had someone say dont but hybrids.. when I asked why all they could say is scotty said so

      • Luis Cordova
        Luis Cordova  3 weeks back

        So the 2005 honda accord hybrid is a good car or not??

        • Oscar Ivan Vallejo Prieto

          2 weeks ago I got a use 2007 Prius with 100543 miles, still in good conditions, a few stains on the carpet but I cleaned really good, it looks great and runs excellent, I only paid $1.00 dollar yes only $1.00 dollar, I filled the gas tank with 22 dollars, big difference from my trucks f350s I put $98 every 3 days. Am very happy with my Prius.

          • john bunyan
            john bunyan  4 weeks back

            Here in the UK, the Prius has not been a big seller and, yes, some taxi-drivers use older ones.
            But they look ugly, and are expensive.
            However, Toyota offer hybrid versions of just about all their models - which are better looking than the Prius - and the hybrid systems are all based on that developed on the Prius , over the years.

            • The Final Bell
              The Final Bell  1 months back

              I'm looking at a 2005 Toyota Prius which yes it's old, however it has low mileage (61k). Even with that low mileage, should I stay away?

              • Willie Brady
                Willie Brady  1 months back

                Bottom line... DONT BUY HYBRID CAR just yet... until 2050. Got it! Thanks Scotty.

                • Phillip James
                  Phillip James  1 months back

                  If you plan on driving it for the long term you can expect to pay $3000 to $5000 dollars to replace the battery followed by similar amounts to replace the generator. All the money saved on fuel will be spent on long term maintenance. Expect to shell out the big bucks between years 5 through 10. If you must have this model and want to avoid a possibly endless money pit, lease it for the short term or avoid becoming the second or third owner.

                  • Super Duty 455
                    Super Duty 455  1 months back

                    Oops already did.

                    • Julius Carter
                      Julius Carter  1 months back

                      Shade tree mechanics often get confused about newer technology.

                      • faarhaann khan
                        faarhaann khan  1 months back

                        I’m planning to buy Toyota Prius 4 or 5 year 2011, 2012 or 2013
                        What you think buddy
                        Should I go go for it ???

                        • Aaron Osborn
                          Aaron Osborn  1 months back

                          I bought a used 2011 Prius. Best and most reliable car I’ve owned.

                          • Nopehahalolwut
                            Nopehahalolwut  1 months back

                            If you buy a Third gen Prius, buy one that's 2011-2012 (super duper launch speed, 2010's could launch as well, but they burned oil) After 2012 Toyota added a 1.5 second delay on speeding up from a complete stop to full power, they also programmed the electric motor to slowly help you get going, instead of using full torque/power to get you going up to speed. But 2010-2012 were beasts for fast launches and they're so much fun to drive, get an old beater and drive it like you stole it, you will love it!

                            • Fabian Vlades
                              Fabian Vlades  2 months back

                              I bought a Honda Insight 2010 with 90.000kms 4 years ago, well right now I have no complaints, super efficient and reliable car, I was afraid at the beginning about the battery life but right now I can say the car worth every single penny I paid, best car I have had

                              • Moses S' Nyein Chan Tha
                                Moses S' Nyein Chan Tha  2 months back

                                Fighting in a U-boat. I love that.

                                • Tom Knud
                                  Tom Knud  2 months back

                                  Didn't listen ...

                                  • Dennies Sebastian
                                    Dennies Sebastian  2 months back

                                    How about a 2014 hybrid accord. Is it a good used car to buy with 200k on it?

                                    • Rafael Torres
                                      Rafael Torres  2 months back

                                      There is not such new battery pack all are remanufactured.

                                      • Yumin S
                                        Yumin S  2 months back

                                        At European gas prices its probably worth it😂 why would anyone buy one in the us?

                                        • lv2keepfit 49
                                          lv2keepfit 49  2 months back

                                          omg thanks Scotty!
                                          I was looking into a 2013 Prius C here in Canada.
                                          After hearing about a battery cost or Gen. cost I think I'll stick to a used Corolla (2005-2010) gas / standard.
                                          Holy smokes the Hybrids are insanely expensive to repair!!! the price you'll save in gas isn't worth it.

                                          • THE TMC FAMILY
                                            THE TMC FAMILY  3 months back

                                            I just got one & it's giving me hell!!!

                                            • stevt77
                                              stevt77  2 months back

                                              What’s wrong with it? What year and model?

                                          • Ahnaf Dragneel
                                            Ahnaf Dragneel  3 months back

                                            what's with yer voice, mate? XD

                                            Great job btw loye ya

                                            • Pontiac Bandit
                                              Pontiac Bandit  3 months back

                                              I bought a 2009 Honda Insight and couldn't be happier. Will report back how many ks I got on a full tank of gas.

                                              • Ridtheworldofgarbagehumans

                                                Paid 100 for a 2003 prius dealer said 1000s. Figured battery was screwed, it wasn't. Needed a new 12v, used a lawn mower battery instead of the 250 dollar toyota battery. So for total of 130 I got a running Prius with 260000 miles. I think shes got another 140000 in her at least.

                                                • Nikoh Narehh
                                                  Nikoh Narehh  3 months back

                                                  Scotty scotty scotty......you missed on this one. Goes to show.... you ARE human after all. Toyota Prius Hybrid is one of the most dependable hybrids on earth. Proven. This video is the equivalent of saying Ford F150 pick up trucks are the least sought after trucks in the USA.

                                                  • himadrill
                                                    himadrill  3 months back

                                                    I sells thousands of Toyota prius, aqua or Honda insight, freed. For 2010 Prius i giving a two-year warranty. I have been on the market for 5 years and there have never been major problems, especially with a battery or an electric motor. Thanks

                                                    • TONY B the TECH TIGER
                                                      TONY B the TECH TIGER  3 months back

                                                      Wrong Scotty, your household is like a business.

                                                      • Tim Luigi
                                                        Tim Luigi  3 months back

                                                        Thanks to old dinosaur wrench spinners like Scotty I bought a 2008 Prius/120k miles with a bad battery on Craigslist for $800. Her mechanic scared her out of it. Told her it was going to be $3900 to fix it. Bought a brand new Hybrid Traction battery at Pep Boys for $1300. Watched a youtube video and installed the battery in an hour. Now I'm making 200-300 a day driving for Uber and Lyft with my prius. Great car and it paid for itself in a week doing rideshare!!

                                                        • scorpiomaj27
                                                          scorpiomaj27  3 months back

                                                          Scotty, what about the newer Lexus CT200h and ES 300h? They're supposedly the most reliable Hybrids.

                                                          • Peter P.
                                                            Peter P.  3 months back

                                                            Prius and other hybrids are simply more efficient ,no Uboat. Electric motor has 400nm torque from 0 rpm ,the atkinson cycle engine low noise and (bhp) power in higher rpms. High fuel consumption comes from low torque of peterol engines in general ,this is where electricity helps ,the start stop and regenerative breaking is just bonus. The Electric motor is still more reliable than any automatic gearbox and much less mechanical issues than diesels. don't get the negativity

                                                            • Damien
                                                              Damien  3 months back

                                                              we have a 07 that is near 190k and the only thing we have ever had to change that was not a normal consumable was a little switch under the break pedal that tells the car to stop.the original hybrid battery and breaks are still kicking as half the time you just let it regen to slow down most of the way. compared to our other cars this car has been a dream for maintenance

                                                              • Elias Ziad
                                                                Elias Ziad  4 months back

                                                                what an annoying voice

                                                                • Phillip Nunya
                                                                  Phillip Nunya  4 months back

                                                                  I just had to sell off my second gen prius to a scrapyard because of either a battery or generator issue. It had about 164000 on it. I had to leave it sitting for months at a time though. That may have had something to do with it.

                                                                  • Sean Johnston
                                                                    Sean Johnston  4 months back

                                                                    What do you think of getting a 2009 Prius (it has 179000 miles on it) and using it for Lyft and Uber?

                                                                    • Randy Nelson
                                                                      Randy Nelson  4 months back

                                                                      Hi They are now on the 4th generation of hybrid The toyota lexus model is they keep improving per generation I have a lexus rx-400 h 2nd gen with 200k miles and Just picked up a 2012 lexus ex 450 3rd gen with 100 k miles Has 295 comb hp and gets 28 hwy and 30 city in a med suv

                                                                      • Cam
                                                                        Cam  4 months back

                                                                        what about something like a 2013 Camry? I can get one with 175k miles for under $5k.

                                                                        • Kirk H
                                                                          Kirk H  4 months back

                                                                          I got mine for $1000 and swapped a few battery cells myself and now have an extremely reliable fuel efficient commuter that can get me into the HOV lane with a fraction of the fuel costs. Sorry Scotty. You’re way wrong on this one. My Mercedes GLS can now sit back and live only for the weekends.

                                                                          • Use your Brain
                                                                            Use your Brain  4 months back

                                                                            Why not to listen to 'Scotty Kilmer'.

                                                                            • Mark D
                                                                              Mark D  4 months back

                                                                              And misses the whole point, hybrids /electric vehicles wasn't designed to be about being cheaper/less expensive. It's about the environment. BUT it does work out cheaper on tax and fuel so the cost your saving goes towards your maintenance costs. If you look after your car it is centrale to run and lasts longer, same goes regardless of drive train /fuel system.

                                                                              • Roberts TV
                                                                                Roberts TV  4 months back

                                                                                Just saw where a CA company replaced the battery for $1500 after $1500 purchase. $3000 for a solid car. It was a 2005

                                                                                • KingViperrr
                                                                                  KingViperrr  4 months back

                                                                                  I'm looking at a 2007 toyota highlander hybrid with 127k miles. super clean, and I'd be buying it off my uncle so he'll give me a deal on it, but any advice for that? I see a lot of people saying your opinion is only based off a first gen prius, but what about newer toyota hybrids?

                                                                                  • 1oneill2
                                                                                    1oneill2  4 months back

                                                                                    What a massive wankbadger.

                                                                                    • ruzzell907
                                                                                      ruzzell907  4 months back

                                                                                      That sweet sweet fuel efficiency is tearing me apart. Should I get a used 2002 - 2006 Lexus ES 300 or a used Toyota Prius 2nd gen or 3rd gen?

                                                                                      • camden
                                                                                        camden  4 months back

                                                                                        Second Gen Priuses are amazing. Dont even think about anything else. The only thing you might need every 2-4 years is refurbished battery for $300-600 depending on where you live. Usually nothing else breaks down. The only trick is that they need to be driven for the hybrid battery to last a long time. If you're gonna drive it once a week the prius isnt for you but otherwise it'll be great investment!

                                                                                    • Ted Farabee
                                                                                      Ted Farabee  4 months back

                                                                                      Comparing the PSD (power splitting device) to an alternator is inaccurate. Scotty is comparing basically the transmission to an alternator. Oops.

                                                                                      • XxMetalGorxX
                                                                                        XxMetalGorxX  4 months back

                                                                                        '14 accord hybrid with 121k miles and still going strong

                                                                                        • life-is-fun
                                                                                          life-is-fun  4 months back

                                                                                          Bla bla bla, I just had a coffee and spaghetti. Great breakfast. I don't care about his opinion, probably he is the last person to ask for car opinion. I wrote this comment as long the advert was on.

                                                                                          • Dan Fen
                                                                                            Dan Fen  4 months back

                                                                                            Bought my 07 Prius on 2015, now 103000 miles, yesterday it started showing 5 failure codes, I'm soo frustrating.