Should you buy a hybrid?

Gas keeps rising. Right now it’s over three dollars a gallon and oil has shot up to about $100 a barrel. Saving on gas is a common goal today. Related to gas is the issue of global warming. Cars cause tons of CO2 emissions which harm our environment and cause the polar ice caps to melt. In the end the world heats up and the oceans get bigger. Everyone wants to save money and do their part. The hybrid car is often a great way to do it, but you should still do your homework.

A hybrid car uses an engine that runs partially on gas and partially on electricity. This means that you need less gas in your vehicle and you are also reducing the overall gas usage of the country. If enough people drive hybrids, it will significantly reduce the CO2 emissions and the gas used to refine and transport gas. Hybrids do help the environment, and when legislation to cut CO2 emissions joins forces with a cultural movement the car companies are pushed a certain direction. More energy will inevitably be used to make hybrids because they sell. They are in demand.

The question you should ask when considering rather or not to buy a hybrid is “Do I want to save money on gas or do I want to do my part to help the environment?” This is a good question because the high price of hybrid vehicles may leave you waiting years before you break even with the gas savings. Because of this you should always compare the type of hybrid you want to buy with another less expensive, gas efficient car that is not a hybrid. Sometimes the money you save each month in gas will be worth the extra amount you paid for the car, but a lot of the time you will lose out.

Consider how many miles you drive each month, how many of those miles are in a city, and how much you’d save if you bought a less expensive non-hybrid vehicle. If most of your driving is in the city, you will likely benefit from a hybrid. The electric motor will kick in for city stop and go traffic and that will save you a great deal of gas expense. If you use your car mainly for long distance travel, you might be better off with a non-hybrid. 

As market demand continues to rise for these cars, better deals will arise. As long as you do your research, you should be able to find a good hybrid or a nice, gas efficient substitute. Doing your part to help the environment is great, but currently it is difficult to afford hybrids. Every high cost purchase should be given a great deal of time.