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Friday, October 1, 2010

Buying A Hybrid Car To Save On Gas

By Colin Jones

As you drive up to the gas pump and fuel your car up with $10-$50 worth of gas, you may find yourself heaving a long drawn out sigh. How on Earth did fuel get to be so expensive? Should you consider one of those new hybrid cars you saw on the TV? Everyone's talking about hybrid cars anyway. Hybrid cars and other types of cars may seem to be a good idea, but before you go out and do something you'll regret, maybe you should ask yourself some questions about how you can begin to save on petrol.

There are many options out there that include everything from staying home to purchasing a hybrid car, but you have to find out what's right for you. You can only do that by asking yourself the following questions.

Perhaps you should drive less often?

For sure, you could spend the rest of your life at home on the couch, but how would you get by then? I know what you're thinking! You will walk more and so get more exercise. That could be true, but what will happen when you get bored with walking and riding your bike? How are you going to be able to get to the gym then? And, have you forgotten about work? You know you love listening to your books on tape while you are sitting in traffic at the end of the workday. Should you drive less? Probably not then. But what should you do? Well, have you ever considered buying a hybrid car?

Should I buy a car that gets more miles for less gas?

Yes, you could do this, but what about when the vehicle starts to depreciate and it's not as fuel-efficient as you thought it would be? And subconsciously, because you know you have a car that gets more mileage out of fuel, you are going to start traveling more miles than you traveled before.

How about getting up earlier each morning to look for the cheapest gas prices in the area?

Really, who has the time for all that? If you really think about it, you would probably spend your time more profitably finding the right answer to the real question. Do you really want to spend extra time looking for a cheap fuel station? What would your boss think if you arrive late for work and tell him you were trying to save money on petrol? And anyway, how long do you think you'll keep doing that?

Should I find a way to run my car on batteries?

Well, let's see now, you definitely don't want to have to charge your car's batteries every day before you go to work because that might make you late as well. However, with a hybrid car, you wouldn't have to worry about that. Therefore, the next question should be quite obvious.

How about buying a hybrid car?

Perhaps you should. It's possible that buying a hybrid car would be a sensible way to avoid paying higher petrol costs. Will your car depreciate right after you drive it off the forecourt? A hybrid won't do that so readily because it brings the buyer in more and more money as they save on gas. A hybrid car just could be a good choice here. However, it is always a good idea to conduct further research on a hybrid car.

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