Buying a hybrid car is a big decision, even more so nowadays
because there are many more hybrid cars and hybrid trucks to
chooes from. Having a larger choice is both a good and bad
thing. Not only do you have to decide which company to buy from
but you also have to decide between getting a hybrid car or a
hybrid truck or even a hybrid SUV. The decision can be
simplified by knowing why you’re buying the hybrid; the issue of
saving gas mileage versus just getting a hybrid vehicle in order
to say you are driving a hybrid.
Hybrid cars combine two or more sources of power, usually
consisting of an electric motor that regenerates energy through
braking power and a standard gasoline engine, Because of the
regenerated electric power, you are able to use much less
gasoline to get where you want to go, which is how a hybrid
vehicle saves you money. A hybrid is not an electric vehicle,
and does not have to be recharged at night or anything like
that. A hybrid is simply a gas powered car with electrical motor
Many forms of hybrid cars, hybrid trucks, and
hybrid SUV’s are currently on the market or coming to market.
These include but are not limited to the Toyota Prius, the Lexus
GS 450h Hybrid, the Honda Civic Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid,
the Toyota Highlander and 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid, and the Ford
Escape Hybrid SUV.
Because of the large influx of hybrid
cars, the cost premium of buying one has started to go down.
President Bush even said that to cure our addiction to oil, we
must invest in hybrid cars and other energy technology, so now
is the time to consider buying one, especially with the world’s
oil fields being so unstable and gasoline rising almost daily.
Which leads us to the key question, how do you best go about
buying a hybrid car? Of course the start of that answer lies in
6 simple steps, which I have titled HYBRID.
•H – How to know if buying a hybrid is right for you.
•Y—Your personal driving habits might determine your choice
•B—Before you even think about buying, be aware of your options
•R—Research thoroughly the manufacturer and dealer to get the
•I—Investigate other dealers, and also check
online, it may be cheaper to buy in another state and have the
hybrid car shipped to you
•D—Don’t ever go by sticker price. A MSRP (Manufacturer’s
Suggested Retail Price) is just that, a Suggestion, so if you
have done all the previous steps you will be armed sometimes
with even more information than the salesman, thus allowing you
to have the upper hand in the negotiation.
About the Author:
Tracy Robinson is President of Zen Solutions - providing
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