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Buying hybrid technology (vehicles)...used

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by kissmybASS01, Jun 8, 2012.


  1. I'm in the market for a newer vehicle. A 2006 Ford Escape hybrid AWD came up. I'm not looking for reviews on this particular vehicle per se, but for input/experience on buying hybrids used. The majority of our city taxi cabs are all hybrid Priuses

    We have a fairly good public auto insurance body that dictates all used vehicles be sold with an up to date "safety." This is just a general checklist that makes sure the basics are satisfactory (engine, exhaust, trans, lights, brakes, etc) So...this part I'm not too worried about.

    This particular vintage is 6yrs old. What might I expect regarding the life expectancy of that big honkin' battery? It's not like I can simply chuck out the old one and pick up a new one at Wal-Mart..at least not yet LOL. I read somewhere that Ford (not sure if only applicable in the States) warranties the battery for 8 yrs, which would give me up to two more years, and then I guess all bets are off.:(
     
  2. hover

    hover

    Oct 4, 2008
    Massachusetts
    No direct experience but I would not buy a used hybrid without a clean title, all service records and a dealer re-certification. Otherwise, it's just buying a used car.
     
  3. Every used vehicle I've owned has always been taken to an independent garage for them to look over before I lay down any hard earned cash.

    This is the thing with hybrids, I wonder how much experience non-dealership garages/mechanics have with hybrids. I know they are slightly more common now, and some are getting up there in age. Maybe getting a once over at an actual dealership service dept would be in order....
     
  4. hover

    hover

    Oct 4, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Yeah, I am unsure how warranties work regarding the battery cells...are they fully transferable I wonder? I don't think the manufacturers should be able to wash their hands of obligation to this part of a warranty if the vehicle changes hands. That's my only concern...that and making sure any scheduled maintenance for that system's upkeep had been addressed / performed.
     
  5. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009

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