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Hybrid Cars: Things to Consider When Purchasing

Automotive technology has changed by leaps and bounds, and one of the newest creations is the hybrid car. While these fuel-efficient vehicles on average tend to be more expensive upfront than their all-gasoline counterparts, Sun Auto Service wants to help you make a sound decision if you’re considering purchasing a more environmentally-friendly automobile. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid vehicles.

You May Be Better Off With a Clean Diesel-Powered Car

Instead of a hybrid car, you might like the look of clean diesel-powered cars better. Know that diesel engine technology has advanced and significantly improved within recent years.

Price Point

One possible disadvantage of hybrid cars is that they tend to be more expensive than traditional vehicles. That being said, what you spend on the initial vehicle purchase you can save on gas and tax incentives, which can potentially total more than $3,000. If you live in or do a lot of driving in a city, you’re likely to save more on gas when driving a hybrid.

Environmental Impact

Remember that hybrid cars still operate by an internal combustion engine. While they don’t give off as many emissions as traditional vehicles, they still give off some. This could potentially impact your decision to purchase a hybrid vehicle if you’re a driver who is concerned about the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the environment.

Improved Technology

Early model hybrid cars were not known as the best in terms of acceleration, and their battery packs weren’t the most reliable. Modern hybrid vehicle technology allows them to keep up with traffic on the highway; however, it still holds true that they don’t accelerate as fast as traditional gas-powered vehicles. In regards to the battery packs, nearly every hybrid car manufacturer guarantees their battery packs to last the life of their vehicles. Should you have any problems with the pack, it’s likely that you’ll be able to get a new one free of charge, but be sure you verify this before purchasing a hybrid.

In addition to these improvements, modern-day hybrid cars are also fitted with more powerful and lighter batteries, which improves their overall fuel efficiency greatly.

Contact Us

If you’re still interested in learning more about hybrid cars, a Sun Auto Service technician is just a phone call away. Reach out to us at one of our service center locations in Texas and Nevada, today!