Hybrid Cars, Why Bother? Why To Invest In A Hybrid Vehicle And How To Get The Best Deal!
Like many individuals and groups out there in the real world,
we ask the really obvious, but sometimes also tough
questions to answer that most struggle with when
contemplating the addition of a Hybrid vehicle to their
driveway, garage and lifestyle.
Some of the questions go to the fundamentals, like: Why
hybrid vehicles? What are they? Are they any good? What do
they cost? Where would they be found? Who uses them?
How are they best applied?
Even more intricate and complex questions surface than at
first glance and consideration:
How do you make up your mind about hybrid cars?
Is a hybrid vehicle even a viable option and alternative?
Are there certain circumstances that a hybrid would be
considered better, more efficient?
What are the actual benefits of hybrid vehicles?
What criteria is there to use and pay special attention to
when buying a hybrid vehicle?
All these questions, inquiry and advocacy of sorts, will unfold
in the next 60-pages, as we probe, explore and investigate
hybrid vehicles. This includes cars, SUV, minivans even
concept and alternative, futuristic transportation vehicles, in
more detail, we plan on placing them under even closer
scrutiny to figure out exactly if it is worthwhile investing in a
hybrid car (or not).
For the most part, in our opinion, it is early days yet to say
that the jury is in! There is evidence and trends emerging,
that hybrids are here to stay and hold the promise of future
transportation vehicles. Others think the technology still has
a long way to go. It hangs in the balance and sways
between these ‘extremes’ as its development path continues
To Buy A Hybrid, Or Not To Buy A Hybrid… That Is The
It is true that a very diverse set of drivers, owners and
enthusiasts, (even most people), consider hybrid cars for a
variety of different reasons (your own musings and reasons
will probably just add to the list here) …
As a concept and environmentally sound alternative it
shows good global citizenship
It is a trend that they want to be part of and be
Conservation and sustainability of our world, the legacy
we leave for our children
Leading by example and being a pioneer
Weird-looking and a cool idea to have one, gadget,
newest ‘toy’ to add to the list
Fuel-economy and saving money, gas
Less emissions and pollutants into the atmosphere
Less gasoline/fossil fuel reliant
Keeping up with the Joneses!
Whatever YOUR particular incentive, motivation or rationale
for getting one, hybrid car sales are soaring. According to
recent news-reports in the USA over the last 12 months an
increase of 139% was cited. It is a definite trend and here
to stay. The wave of the future…undeniably here!
The Questions And Rationale Behind Hybrid Vehicles
The best way to start off writing this book, I thought, was to
ask several people (proud new owners, prospective buyers
and just the general public at large, across gender, age
group and preferences, randomly selected) the same two
questions: (i) What are the TOP FIVE reasons to buy/invest
in a hybrid as well as (ii) the TOP THREE reasons they would
not consider buying a hybrid. (TIP # 1:You can ask and
answer these yourself to, it helps to provide some
Most frequent responses regarding reasons to buy:
Easy to drive, handling and ease of parking
Doing my part/good for protecting the environment
Reduction in fuel emissions
Reduced engine maintenance costs
Value, Economical, Purchase price
Costs to operate
Cutting edge technology
Most frequent responses regarding reasons NOT to buy:
Added cost to purchase a hybrid vehicle
Do not like the selection of hybrid vehicles currently
A follower, not a leader when it comes to new trends
Preferences for larger automobiles (for safety reasons)
Larger vehicles are not yet available in hybrid versions
Insufficient track record
Driver and passenger safety concerns
Lack of storage
The range, scope and depth of the answers received
surprised me in some cases, not in others. What are your
reasons? (TIP # 2: write them down, sort and prioritize
them, it helps later, when you get to the point where you