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Eric LeFrancois

Eric LeFrancois
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Take the opportunity

I currently have a 2009 330,000 mile Prius that needs several repairs. I really like this reliable and inexpensive car, but spending more to keep it in shape seems unnecessary and selling it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m interested in two options: the Corolla Cross hybrid as well as the new version of the Prime 2023. The latter would have a trunk with a better capacity than the current generation. However, I may have to wait until 2023 to get one of these two models. I plan to stay in my car for ten years. Prime 2022 gives me problems due to the size of the trunk, as my needs will change as we plan to have children. Would a four- or five-year lease of a Prime 2022 that could be delivered quickly be a good option? And then I could buy a vehicle better suited to my needs in four or five years.

Oliver S.

Toyota is expected to introduce a new generation of its Prius in the coming weeks. It will probably be marketed from the fall of 2022. However, at the time of writing, there is no indication that the size of its trunk will increase. The Corolla Cross hybrid should also land dealerships starting in the fall, but unlike the Prime, it will have no cable on the steering wheel (no plug) and will not be able to receive any government subsidies. Now, considering the waiting times, the current status of your vehicle and the availability of a Prius Prime in your area, the best option would be to opt for the latter.

Good trip


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All motorized road vehicles registered in Quebec (there are some exceptions) must carry 1er December to March 15.

We will be leaving Quebec in late November for a trip to Texas and Arizona. Return to Quebec around March 10th. Should we go with winter tires or not? I am renting a 2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited hybrid vehicle. Please tell me about it.

Joan F.

The simple answer is without your winter tires. That said, it is important to remember that all motorized road vehicles registered in Quebec (there are some exceptions) must carry 1er December to March 15. If your return date is “around March 10”, you must obtain a certificate of exemption. This certificate is free and the exemption period is seven days. Four certificates can be awarded per winter per vehicle.

Residual value


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A dealer cannot modify the residual value indicated in the contract.

If the market value at the end of my car lease is higher than the residual amount stated in the contract, can the dealer change that amount?

Norman C.

Whether the market value of your vehicle is higher or lower than the amount stated in your lease, the dealer cannot change the residual value.

Turn around


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Honda CR-V 2014

We have a 2013 Honda CR-V with 170,000 km and a 2016 Ford Explorer with 44,000 km. Ever since I retired, we’ve realized that we don’t need two vehicles. We travel an average of 15,000 km a year. Should we sell one of the vehicles or sell both vehicles and get a new one? Or finally, opt for a rental while receiving the electric or hybrid vehicle like Toyota Prime or Chevrolet Bolt?

Francine P.

Given the overtaking of the used car sector and the cost of a liter of petrol, you can also put both up for sale and get a new, less energy-efficient vehicle that suits your needs. A plug-in hybrid vehicle is a pleasant all-electric transition, but considering your annual mileage and the longevity of your current vehicles, an all-electric switch should be considered an immediate change. The problem: availability. This factor can guide your final decision. Therefore, the proposed path is to choose a vehicle that meets your criteria, place an order with your dealer and have one of your two vehicles pending. Which one ? Explorer.

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