6 Easy Steps to Buying a Hybrid 6 Easy Steps to Buying a Hybrid

Buying a hybrid car is a big decision--even more so nowadays because there are many more hybrid cars and hybrid trucks to choose from. Having more choices 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. Is the issue saving on gas mileage? Or are you just getting a hybrid vehicle in order to say you are driving a hybrid?

How Hybrids Work

Hybrid cars combine two or more sources of power. Usually these consist 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, which is how a hybrid vehicle saves you money. A hybrid is not an electric vehicle; it does not have to be recharged at night. A hybrid is simply a gas powered car with electrical motor assistance.

Many forms of hybrid cars, trucks, and SUVs are currently on the market. These include but are not limited to:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Lexus GS 450h Hybrid
  • Honda Civic Hybrid
  • Honda Accord Hybrid
  • Toyota Highlander
  • 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid
  • Ford Escape Hybrid SUV

Because of the large influx of hybrid cars, the cost of buying one has started to go down. President Bush said that to cure our addiction to oil, we must invest in hybrid cars and other energy technology. With the instability of the world’s oil fields and gasoline prices rising almost daily, now is the time to consider buying one.

Which leads us to the key question, how do you best go about buying a hybrid car? That answer lies in 6 simple steps, 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, know your options
R - Research the manufacturer and dealer to get the best price
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 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 with information that will allow you to have the upper hand in the negotiation.
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