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Hybrid Cars and Saving Gas Money

Aug 12, 2008
In the event of the current economic headwinds that have hit the US economy and gas prices, Hybrid cars have emerged as the panacea to these crises. But do hybrid cars really save gas money? Hybrid cars are designed to use both electric and gasoline to run its engines. The most important aspect of this type of design though is its effect on the environment. This type of design reduces carbon emission compared to the usual car engine design. Hybrid cars are dubbed to be 'green' cars or 'environment-friendly' cars. But other than this aspect, Hybrid cars also reduce the use of gas because of the electric part of the engine. So, to answer if Hybrid cars save gas money: yes they do. However, in evaluating 'buy or not' decisions, the gain or savings from use is not the only thing to consider. The cost of acquiring should also be considered.

Hybrid cars usually cost an average of over five thousand more than the regular non-Hybrid cars. There are even those premium Hybrid cars that cost over two thousand than the regular non-Hybrid cars-a ridiculously high price for a car that's supposed to be the panacea of economic crises. The next thing that would be worth looking into is the gas savings on Hybrid cars. According to research, Hybrid cars are supposed to save you somewhere between two hundred to six hundred dollars in gas money every year. If you do the math, your breakeven point would be somewhere between five to more than ten years, depending on the cost of the car.

If, you are currently looking for a way to save on gas, then shelling out cash to purchase a car that's five thousand higher than regular cars should be properly evaluated. You will be looking at a breakeven point of five years or more. And if you do not hold your car for more than five years, then buying a Hybrid car is clearly not an option for you using the cost factor. When it comes to the environmental benefit from Hybrid cars, there is no question on its benefit. Yes, it would be a good idea to do your part on saving the environment, but will holding the cost of a Hybrid car save your purse from being emptied?

Gas mileage using hybrid cars is better for city driving rather on highway driving. So if you're considering buying a hybrid car, then your location should be another factor you should weigh. Yes, hybrid cars save gas money, but more in city driving. If you do highway driving more, then the savings on gas would be lesser and you will be looking at a longer breakeven period.

Hybrid cars do save gas money but requires a higher holding cost and a longer breakeven point. If you are planning to go for Hybrid cars to reduce gas money, then you should consider the cost, your location, the breakeven point and holding the car beyond that point.
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