Dear Car Talk,
My husband and I purchased a used 2012 Prius from an individual. Our concern is that the car makes a creaking type noise, most noticeable as we get out of the car. We can recreate the sound by rocking the car back and forth. It only occurs immediately after being driven. The sound is similar to a swing set that creaks as it swings back and forth. We cannot locate the source of the creak. We took it to the local Toyota dealer for a check-up and routine maintenance. We asked that they investigate the creak. Their diagnosis was “all Prius do that” but we know that to be untrue because we have owned multiple Prius including a second one currently and none of our other Prius creaked.
My questions are: What could be causing this creaking sound? Do you think we should be concerned? Why would the local dealer make up a story that “all Prius” make the sound?
Thank you for your help.