Car Industry

Geek Squad calls Orkin, kills off its ubiquitous Beetle

And its replacement is a Prius! Bet you didn't see that one coming.

It's probably not going to make you want to call them any more than you do now, but at least it's not a 1998 Beetle.


If you're familiar with Best Buy's Geek Squad, the group that charges you obscene amounts of money to remove whatever malware ended up on your grandpa's PC, you're probably familiar with its cars. Those black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles are all over the country, but Geek Squad is getting with the times and moving to something a bit more efficient.

Gone is the Volkswagen Beetle of old, and here now is the Toyota Prius C. More than 1,000 of these diminutive hybrid-electric vehicles will be hanging out in Best Buy parking lots and grandfathers' driveways around the country.

There's a good chance that Geek Squad is doing this to save some serious money. While old Beetles aren't exactly thirsty at the pump, the Prius C achieves 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway, which you won't get out of a Beetle without some dangerous hypermiling maneuvers.

Considering that Geek Squad's employees drive about 12.6 million miles each year, those gas savings will pile up quickly, even with the company shelling out about $20,000 per new Prius C -- although it's likely that Geek Squad scored a very tasty deal for buying so many at once.