Are you considering buying a hybrid car? Before you head out to the Toyota dealer, there are some things you can do to get the right hybrid car for your needs.
1. Think about the reasons you want a hybrid. If you know your reasons for wanting to get a hybrid car, you will make your decision making process a lot easier. You can get a lot of information about different hybrid cars at all of the car dealerships but you should decide what your motivating factors are and then look online. If you are looking of a very high tech car, you may want to start by talking to the Toyota dealer about the Prius. If you are looking for a car that will pay for itself, you might want to ask that Toyota dealer about a Camry hybrid.
2. Research the hybrid technology. Many people think they like the idea of a hybrid car but when it comes down to it, they have no idea how the cars run or what makes them a hybrid in the first place. Basically, any car that relies on more than one kind of energy to run falls under the “hybrid” umbrella. Generally speaking, hybrid cars have an electric motor and a gas powered combustion engine. There are different kinds of hybrid cars out there.
Series Hybrids: There is a gas combustion engine, which drives a generator. The generator charges the batteries that are used by the motor.
- Parallel Hybrids: These allow the electric motor and the gas engine to power the wheels.
- Mixed Hybrids: These are the most common kind of hybrid on the road today. In these, the has can power the engine or be used to charge the battery.
- Each one has a different fuel efficiency. You can look online or ask the auto dealerships for more information.
3. Look into other kinds of cars. If you want to save money, there may be non-hybrid options that are out there and may be better. If you are looking for a small car that gets great gas mileage, you may want to talk to a Ford dealer about a Fiesta. They are not hybrids but they get excellent gas mileage. You may even be able to just work at your driving habits to save money on gas.
4. Consider how you drive your car. If you do a lot of city driving, a hybrid may be great for you. If you spend a lot of time speeding down the highway, they may not. The reason for this is simple. A traditional car gets better gas mileage on the highway whereas a hybrid gets the best gas mileage when you are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. When you go at higher speeds, your car switches to gas because it is a more efficient way to run the car. When you are driving at slower speeds, you use the electric motor and use less gas. After you think about your driving style, you may find you still want to go to the Toyota dealer but for a traditional car rather than a hybrid.
5. Look into incentives that are offered to get people to buy hybrids. When hybrid cars first hit car dealerships around the country, the United States federal government wanted to encourage people to buy more of them so it offered tax credits as incentives to anyone who bought one. This could be applied to the first 60,000 cars that a manufacturer sold. There are also a number of states that offer tax incentives and other things to boost the sale of hybrid cars. You can talk to your accountant about what kinds of tax incentives there may be to help offset the cost of buying a hybrid or you can go to the Toyota dealer and ask there. They usually have the most up to date information on tax incentives because it helps them sell more cars.
There are a great deal of great reasons to want to look into buying a hybrid car. There is no question that driving one will decrease your carbon footprint. If you cannot find the right hybrid for you now, advancements are always being made.