My main motivation for wanting a Prius is lower emissions. So when the gas prices recently rocketted, my heart sank. I've been trying to get into a Prius for months now and cannot seem to land one. To add to the frustration, dearlerships are capitalizing big time on the demand. Everyday I get several calls from salesmen telling me to "book it" over to their dealership; but once I get there (usually within an hour or less), the vehicle has been mysteriously sold already. Then they try to sell me a "contract" without a vehicle! I've learned this is illegal, but am witnessing this practice almost everywhere (I'm in Southern California). I want to do the right thing by the environment, but this experience of shopping for a Prius is wearing me down. I feel that I'm on the verge of giving up and purchasing a small, gas powered vehicle like the Corolla or Civic. Can anyone offer me some advice or words of encouragement? Thank you