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Hybrid Family Car? The Pros and Cons of Buying One

Your family car is one of the biggest and most important purchases you make. With gas prices not showing any signs of decreasing a hybrid may be a good choice. However, hybrid cars aren’t for everyone. There are different aspects of hybrids to consider when looking for a car for your family. Here are some pros and cons of hybrids.

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Pros of Buying a Hybrid Car

Clean Energy

  • One of the biggest pros of getting a hybrid car is it uses clean energy. You are decreasing your carbon footprint by investing in a hybrid car. Clearly, once more and more people switch to hybrid cars, the damage cars do to the environment will be greatly reduced.

Fuel Economy

  • Hybrid cars get better fuel economy than non-hybrid cars. There are some non-hybrids that can get pretty close. However, for those who have a major issue with how expensive gas is or how often they have to take their car to the pump, a hybrid lessens these worries considerably.

Incentives

  • While they vary depending on what state you’re in, there are tax incentives for buying a hybrid car.

Good Resale Value

  • Hybrid cars tend to hold their value for a much longer time over their non-hybrid cousins. This makes selling your car a much less painful process.

Cons of Buying a Hybrid Car

Expense

  • To this day, hybrids are still considerably more expensive than non-hybrid cars.

While your savings in gas will be significant, it will be over the course of a long period of time.

Some people simply cannot afford to pass over that first hump of how pricey hybrids can be. You have to decide whether it’s a good investment for you and your family.

Maintenance Costs

  • The technology in a hybrid is a bit more sophisticated than that of non-hybrid cars. This makes maintenance costs more expensive.

Less Options

  • Many models do not have hybrid versions. A lot of popular cars are still non-hybrids.

Not Great Highway Cars

  • Hybrids do very well in the city. However, going 80 miles-per-hour down the freeway isn’t something hybrids are supposed to do. The gas mileage will plummet down to normal levels if you frequent the freeway.

Few Big Hybrids

  • There are a few hybrid SUVs out there, but they barely get better gas mileage than their non-hybrid cousins. For those that have big families, a hybrid may not be an option. Hybrids aren’t particularly big cars.

When considering your family car, it’s important to keep an open mind. Look at the hybrids and purchase what’s best for your family.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing about families and finance and spending time with her dog, Max. Information credited to Diamond Honda of Puente Hills, Honda in Downey, CA.

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