What should I do when my Prius hybrid battery needs to be replaced?

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I have a Toyota Prius which was showing a red warning triangle. When I took it to the Toyota dealer, I’d been told that the hybrid battery needs to be replaced, and that it was going to cost $4000 to do it (!).

So, other than the above (getting a new battery from Toyota), what are some good alternatives?

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Sorry to hear about your battery situation!

Although Toyota hybrids tend to have greater battery longebility than Honda ones, failure rate increases dramatically once it hits the 10-year-old mark.

New batteries would cost over $3000 without labour, so I guess you’re looking for a second hand solution. If you are going for a second hand battery, though, you’d want to be careful about its quality and state. There is a hybrid battery specialist on TradeMe, but, with that, don’t go for the cheaper option; it won’t last. Perhaps the best (longer-lasting) way, though, is to find a second hand battery from a more recent, compatible, and working vehicle that has not done a lot of mileage. For my Prius, I found one through a seller on Facebook market, had it installed, and it’s been running well. It cost me $1000 for an 8-year-old battery in good condition. You’ll want to take into account the installation costs at a garage which can do this.

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