Hybrid Cars: Cheap Transportation?

Maybe you want to do your part for the environment. Perhaps, you want a more economical way to travel since gasoline prices are on the rise. Or, you may want to purchase a vehicle that rewards you with federal tax incentives. Regardless of your reason for purchasing a hybrid vehicle, you need to do research and make sure you get the most out of this financial investment.

There are many web sites that help consumers with the process of purchasing a hybrid vehicle.  However, the research itself can still be overwhelming. Therefore, below are some important aspects you should consider.

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The cost to replace hybrid parts can be extremely expensive.  Reviewing your options when considering these costs can help you quickly eliminate some hybrids off your list. Check the Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) and recalls. Go towww.edmunds.com and search for the vehicle you have in mind for more information.

Warranties

If you are purchasing a used hybrid or plan on owning the vehicle longer than the standard warranty, really think about spending the extra bucks on an extended warranty.  Because hybrid vehicles are loaded with new technology, the cost to repair them is going to be extremely high.  Not to mention the cost of the knowledgeable mechanic working on these vehicles. So, between repair and labor, it may be a wise decision to purchase the extended warranty and have a little peace of mind.  Be sure to look into what the manufacturer offers.  If you cannot afford to buy the extended warranty at the time of purchase, consider buying it before the standard warranty expires.

Compare a Hybrid to a Conventional Car

Buy That New Car and Control Your Budget

Do you still think you need that new car?  The chart above is a good illustration of how much one would spend on either a conventional car versus a hybrid, plus the difference in gas mileage.  It also shows how a budget will be affected by the purchase of a hybrid. The extra money you could save every month for purchasing a conventional car would look great in your savings account.

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