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Buyer’s Guide For Hybrid Cars

Hybrid Cars – Buyer’s Guide

Posted On 12 Oct, 2018

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Does the regular consumer truly care about the future and the environment? We don’t want to sound sceptical but looks like people are more absorbed by their own current state. What matters is your financial status right now and most of us take into consideration only things which will have an immediate effect on our lifestyle.

That being said, hybrid cars are now not a novelty on the market. In fact, they have been around for years (Toyota Prius) and now we are at a point where you can actually buy hybrid used cars. But in all fairness, most users do that because of how they think such a vehicle will affect their pocket and not the planet.

The Driving Environment Mattes

The fuel consumption of hybrid cars is impressive, it has to be said. But the most important criteria to consider before jumping in such a deal is related not to the car but to your way of living. Hybrid cars will have a good effect on how much fuel you exhaust in a large city. Areas in which you are forced to drive slowly and brake constantly are the most suitable for hybrid cars. Most batteries will charge when the brake pedal is pressed and that’s a cool addition. It’s called “regenerative braking”.

If you have long distance trips ahead of you on a daily basis, it might be wiser to consider a regular vehicle. Hybrids do not use electricity when you are at full speed and the fuel economy is not impressive at that point. The aforementioned criteria are definitely not something you think about when buying used cars of the regular type.

So, once you get to see the car of your dreams in person, the hybrid systems are definitely the ones to pay attention to. You would, of course, conduct a test drive similar to every other car but here you need to pay extra attention. Service history needs to have been followed. If the seller cannot provide any history of the maintenance of the hybrid system, it’s better if you just walk away. Most cars for sale at licensed dealerships will not have that problem.

Don’t worry if the car is slow to start using the battery, it may have been stationary and static for a few days. In this case, the battery will need a little extra boost from the petrol or diesel engine. Buyers are often misled by this, thinking that there’s something wrong with the hybrid systems.

 

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