Miami-Dade County Misplaces Fleet of Toyota Prius Cars
We have all misplaced things from time to time. Imagine though misplacing 298 brand new Toyota Prius Hybrids? Hard to believe, right? Well it happened in Miami-Dade County.The fleet of hybrids apparently has sat in a garage for close to five years now. These cars have almost zero miles on them and most of their warranties are due to expire in just a couple more years.
After discovering the flap thanks to the Spanish-language newspaper el Nuevo Herald, the county rushed 123 of the hybrids into service. According to the story, the estimated cost to taxpayers is $4 million.
How in the heck did this happen? As you can imagine the county is doing an investigation into the problem. The initial theory is tied to former mayor Carlos Alvarez who was recalled in 2011. He was recalled because “apparently voters felt among other reasons, that he had been behind multiple acts of misappropriation of funds,” according to an Autoblog.com post.
There seems to be some question about whether Toyota might give them a break on their warranties that run for eight years or 100,000 miles. One does wonder how the heat and humidity of the Florida climate might affect a Hybrid that has been sitting for so long.
However, it might be good for Toyota’s marketing efforts to capitalize on this. Imagine what kind of advertising campaign they could create about the durability of the Prius sitting around a Florida garage for five years and still running?!
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