I called a couple of the places on PCH, and none of them had any Priuss or Matrixs. The Toyota place said they had some used Priuss on their website though, so i took the bus down there.
I wandered around the lot looking at the cars for awhile, and blew off the first two sales people who tried to talk to me. I found five different used Priuss. A silver 2009 for $25.6k, two 2008s, one white and one blue, and a red 2007, all for $20k, and a black 2006 for $23.6k.
After i was done looking i went around to the entrance and asked about used cars and was handed off to one of the salesmen (who confirmed that they indeed didn't have any used Matrixs.) He couldn't say why the 2007 was the same price as the 2008s, and he had no clue why the 2006 was so expensive other than the fact that it was the only one that had carpool access stickers. If they really think that carpool stickers alone, which will only be good for another year, are worth about $3500 they're crazy.
I did get to test drive one of them though. All in all it seems like a decent car. The parts i didn't like are:
The rear window sucks. It's barely big enough even without the stupid bar going across the middle.
The decision to have the air controlled by a touchscreen software interface boggles me. In my Rav4 i was able do pretty much everything by feel without taking my eyes off the road. How is one supposed to do that with an interface where you can't feel anything?
And as an extension to that, the basic Prius package does not have an audio-in jack for the stereo. Given that the regular stereo interfaces with the software UI, will that increase the price of getting another stereo involved? (Even just to the extent of them disconnecting the old one, without even considering if it would be possible or desirable to hook up the new one in the same way.)
I really don't like the extreme sloping windshield. For some reason i feel like i ought to be able and touch the windshield of my car, which clearly isn't possible in the Prius.
Aside from the stupidly tiny rear window i didn't notice any particular blind spots. The side windows seemed to provide pretty good coverage of everywhere the side mirrors didn't.
Anyways, i didn't try negotiating very much after the test drive. I did ask him to try and explain why they were prices so high above Kelley Blue Book, and the best he could come up with was the fact that they were certified used vehicles. I really don't know how much certification is actually worth since i haven't really done any research on it, and since i'm not currently planning on getting a certified used car i decided not to bother with the bargaining.
I walked about a mile and a half down PCH to check out three other non-name brand used car dealerships. Unfortunately none of them had any Priuss or Matrixes.
So i caught the bus home, stopped by subway for dinner, and am now doing a little more research while watching TV.