Hybrids for Sale Dancing in your Head? Think about these before you Head for Them

You have to love the Prius don’t you? The way it silently pulls out of a parking spot is just indescribable. There have been hybrids for sale for about 10 years now, and every major manufacturer has at least one model out – the Ford Escape hybrid, the Chevy Malibu hybrid, the Honda Civic hybrid, the Chevy Silverado hybrid – the list is endless. Even Mercedes-Benz has a couple of hybrids out. As wonderful as hybrids are, perhaps people follow the “hybrids save the planet” mantra a little too literally. Let’s look at the flip side for a change, shall we?

The hybrids for sale that you see today claim that they are 80% cleaner than conventional vehicles. Wait a minute, that’s ‘up to’ 80% cleaner. The thing is, if you happen to drive in start-stop city traffic, hybrids really are 80% cleaner. If you get out of the city a lot and drive on the highways, you won’t see any difference at all between a conventional car and a hybrid. Hybrids get all of their fuel efficiency from their use of electric motors drive the car at speeds under 15 mph. Once you get out of the city, you are never going to get a chance to drive at 15 mph, are you?

Unless you’re looking at used hybrids for sale, new ones can come with quite a waiting list and a premium that you will be asked to pay over the sticker price too. Hybrids are cars that are in demand for their coolness factor. And that’s after the price you pay for buying hybrid in the first place, which can be a few thousand dollars over what a conventional version of that car costs. Whatever premium you pay on a hybrid can take years to recoup in gas savings.

There are a few myths that people carry around thinking about why a hybrid is better than conventional gasoline engine car. It might be helpful to take a look at them before put your cash down for a hybrid. The first myth there is is that hybrids, if they run out of gas can keep going on electric motor for some time. Now a hybrid car is not a plug-in vehicle. It has an internal battery to keep the electric motor running, but it’s designed so that the battery has the gasoline engine charging it all the time. You might be able to drive a little distance, but you wouldn’t get far. There is one more powerful myth to do with the hybrid batteries in there. People worry that they’ll have to keep changing those hybrid batteries every couple of years like with conventional car batteries. Not exactly. Those are batteries that come with 8 year warranties. They last that long.