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Wait to Purchase a Toyota Prius After Summer

First the bad news: The Toyota Prius is nearly sold out at dealers nationwide, making it very difficult to negotiate a good deal.

Inventory is down to just four days' supply, meaning customers will be unlikely to drive away with the exact color and model they want.

Many Toyota dealers currently don't even have ANY Priuses on their lots.

Now the good news: If you wait to purchase until after summer, it looks like supplies should increase while prices drop.

Toyota recently announced they will be exporting 36,000 additional Prius hatchbacks to the U.S. this summer. There are currently only 3,000 Priuses in inventory, so this should help ease demand.

Toyota hopes for production of the hybrid to return to normal levels by September - and begin to exceed those levels in October.

Your best bet will be to wait until the end of the year before purchasing a Prius.






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