The Case Of Miami’s 300 Missing Priuses

Thanks to Radley Balko for this find.

What worse than being forced at gunpoint (taxes) to pay for the latest ‘green’ fad? Being forced to pay for the latest green fad, and then have the cars wasted/abused/misused.

According to the DC:

“Most of the car warranties have expired with little to no miles on the odometer. The cars were purchased in 2006 and cost the taxpayers $4 million.”

Insult, meet injury. (pic via Autoblog)

Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never used: Have you ever bought a brand new cars only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you’re Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007.

The county “discovered” this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

Looking to save some face, the county has rushed at least 123 of the hybrids into service. The Toyota warranty covered the hybrid bits for eight years or 100,000 miles, but we’re not sure if that covers cars parked for five of those eight. We’re also not sure what that much time in Miami heat and humidity does to an unused hybrid powertrain, but it can’t be good.

  • Titus Oates

    I’ll pay $100 for one,  AS IS.