If you’re looking at green automobile options, you have no doubt come across the hybrid. The hybrid car, as the name suggests is a vehicle that uses both a petrol and an electric motor for an engine. That’s probably already dispelled a misconception most people have about hybrid cars. Yes, they do still need fuel to run, just not as much. So, if you’re thinking about buying a hybrid, you need to look at the facts and consider whether it’s the right choice for you.
Cost isn’t actually that bad for hybrids anymore. There was a time when you had to spend upwards of thirty grand to get your hands on one. These days, there’s plenty of budget options for people who don’t have money to burn. For instance, you can pick up the Nissan Leaf S for under 10K. An absolute steal when you think about the general amount of fuel you’ll save compared with your typical fuel car.
Of course, if you don’t think you can afford that, there are always options. Even if you have bad credit, there are car loans for people with bad credit. You can also look into financing and even renting a car if you think a hybrid is right for you. Don’t forget, you’ll still be saving money on the fuel by doing this.
There is a belief that hybrid cars don’t break down as much and therefore are cheaper to maintain. This isn’t entirely true, and the facts here are a little iffy. You see, while it is possible that you end up paying less maintaining your hybrids if there is a problem it could be a more expensive repair. The reason for this is quite simple. You’re talking about an engine that isn’t at all like the fuel ones you’re used to. You’ll have to head to a specialist to get it fixed, and that can be costly. So, while hybrids are reliable, you should think of it like investing in a BMW. The parts are quite exclusive so you should expect to pay a little more for repairs.
If you’ve never heard a hybrid, you’ve…grasped the point of this type of vehicle. One of the key selling points of a hybrid is that they don’t make a lot of noise at all. The BMW i8, a hybrid supercar is known for emitting a soft purr as it whizzes past. So, if petrol cars are lions, hybrids are kittens but make no mistake, they’ll outrun that lion easily. It just depends on whether you love revving your engine because in a hybrid there’s really no point.
The Saving Grace?
If you get a hybrid, don’t make your main reason to save the planet. While hybrids do emit fewer fossil fuels and use less energy, they cost a lot of energy to make. The main reason to buy a hybrid is the personal cost of your fuel. If you’re looking for a way to cut your fuel costs in half, this is it. Doing your part for the planet should really just be the cherry on top.
So, what do you think? Is a hybrid the right choice for you?