Been lurking for a bit on this forum. Super thankful for it as reading through a bunch of topics has persuaded me to choose a CPO Energi over a Prius V.
Was looking for a Prius V for a while...one with the works when it comes to the package including the moonroof. Used of course. Was finding they were a bit pricey and to get a cherry one with low miles (less than 60k) for the price I was willing to pay (14k or less) was a little tough. I did find a couple but had a hard time pulling the trigger on them as I felt both needed to come down in price.
I had agreed on picking up the exact one I was looking for (a V trim 5 in white with moonroof) for $13k. One owner with a good carfax history...once I got to NYC to pick it up, was not pleased with the condition as the front bumper had been clearly painted a mismatched white and there was over spray on the fenders.
I declined the deal after they were not willing to give me a break on the price after I pointed this out (a detail they did not disclose before I took a bus trip from Massachusetts to pick it up). I think they thought I would buy it regardless. I did not and took a bus home that evening.
Sort of a blessing as through my search for the Prius V, I had a dealer rep in Boston ask me if I wanted to look at a C-Max. I told them no and walked away. Although funny enough, I had an admiration for the cars as always liked their styling.
Fast forward to the past couple weeks, something in my head clicked and decided to start researching the car a little more. On my car searches, I was finding some incredible deals locally for the C-Max. I'm talking a 2015 SEL with 8k miles for $13k and another 2014 SEL with the roof I wanted on the V for $12.5k. Both had sold right before I had called...Frustrating...Both were not CPO though...
Reading up on CPO vehicles, I felt maybe I can pay a little more and invest in a CPO one since I can probably find one around my budget with the warranty...not to mention, fully loaded...My wife starts asking me what an Energi is vs regular hybrid. I had no idea...at first I wanted the regular mainly because I wanted the room. That is why I wanted the Prius V in the first place. More conversations with lead us to thinking, the Energi is a no brainer since I work from home and barely drive. So most of my driving will be less than 5mi most days, maybe 15mi at most. Plus we have solar panels I bought for our house so charging during the day will be free since we produce more than we use during the day.
So all this leads to this week...where I found a 2014 in my price range with all that I wanted (fully loaded with the roof as well) as a CPO in the color I wanted (white) with 23k miles. Previously leased one owner car with a good maintenance history. However, it is 3 hrs away! Me not wanting to lose the deal like I did on the other two decided to just jump on it after some talking back and forth with the dealer. Sight unseen! I know, crazy!
Mind you, another crazy detail about my story is that I have never even stepped foot inside a C-Max...nevermind drive one. However, have read enough online to know compared to the Prius that I will not be disappointed since many who have driven the Prius feel the C-Max is superior.
Another crazy fact, I always stayed away from American cars! I just knew enough from others stories to know to avoid them. I know some stories about Chevy and felt they were solid cars engine wise from others in the family that had older ones, including my father and girlfriend (now wife) that drove one that she could not kill.
I only had Japanese cars and recently, three German cars. Most recently a 2003 5 series wagon. Love the space and drive on that car but man do German cars need constant work. From my personal experience I've come to find out that "German engineering" is a hoax. Never have I driven cars where pretty much everything needs to be replaced on them at certain points. Even when you go to the forums, they all know the common issues and are pretty much spot on on all of them as I experienced all the issues...The even say on the forums you should have a buffer of cash on the side from when those parts will need to be replaced. It's not a matter of if on them, it's when they do need to be replaced. For me and the 5 series, I just had enough...Too many things piled up and I have very little time these days with a 3 yr old toddler around. We're not talking easy fixes...I'm talking jobs that take hours, or days...
So fast track to today, I am super ecstatic. No idea how it will go...I have a good feeling about this one though for some reason...If I did not, I would not have posted this today, before I even looked at the car in person, sat in it, or drove it...lol...I know, I'm crazy!