Introduction to Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid cars are smartSo you’re thinking of purchasing a Hybrid Car, SUV or Truck… This may be a wise choice or a mistake depending on where you live and the driving habits you have.
Let’s look at the “Concept of the Hybrid” first to understand what it means as a propulsion system and other factors to see if you will be happy after the sale…

In no particular order… we have manufactures, to name a few…Chevy’s Malibu, Volt, Ford Escape, Fusion, Honda’s Insight , Civic, Lexus RX, Saturn Vue, and Toyota’s Avalon, Camry, Highlander , Prius, and RAV4 plus a host of others…

Then there is the “Type” of Hybrid Technology you choose…

Most common is gas-electric hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, but recently Diesel Models offer lower emissions, with superior performance and high-efficiency… they maybe the greenest vehicles relying on internal combustion power.
Then there are the “All Electric” Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles… they are cleaner because they do not produce any emissions from the car itself, some say they just moved it to the “Elecric-Power-Plant’s” smoke stack. A word of caution here, you may only want to consider this option as Local, around-town means of transportation.
A The Start-Stop Hybrid is a variant or an aid to efficiency. Auto manufactures  are using this technology not only on Petro-electric hybrids, but also conventional internal combustion vehicles to save on fuel consumption. When stopped at a traffic light or for any reason the vehicle is not moving, the motor stops running and will “Automatically Start” when the gas pedal is pressed.
E85 Ethanol and Hydrogen Hybrids… are too experimental at this time and the fuel delivery systems are not in place.

We do not recommend purchasing a “Used, Pre-owened” Hybrid vehicle for several of reasons…

To begin… they’re complicated… lots of converging technologies that may, in themselves, be an issue in an older vehicle… If you still want to buy-used… go to a Dealer and get an Extended Warranty to cover break-downs that will most-assuredly come up… Note: Read the Fine Print to see it provides coverage for expensive components like “Batteries”. etc.
Consider buying New... the progress made over the years maybe well worth the extra cost initially to prevent “Buyers-remorse” later for not stepping-up and getting just what you want the first time.
Finally…when you decide to sell… there might not be a Private-Buy-Owner, market for your uses-used car… then you will be forced to “trade it in at a dealer” and they are not known for their generosity…

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