| Originally Posted by MikkiStreak |
I would love to have a hybrid, but like Trish pointed out---- they aren't really going to provide enough gas savings to make the purchase worth it. To add to that--- make sure to compare how the maintenance prices for a hybrid compares to regular vehicles. If I remember correctly, hybrids use different oil, and because replacement parts aren't "mainstream" yet, they tend to be more expensive. Also, check the lifespan of the fuel cell (I think that's what it is called) because I've heard the replacement cost is about $5k. (Not sure on that tho...)
Also, insurance rates increase the more expensive a vehicle is to repair when damaged---- so definitely check insurance rates before buying because you could see a significant increase when purchasing a hybrid.
I'm sticking with a small car for now. I have a honda civic, but I love the new Honda Fit. it's surprisingly roomy, cheap & gets great gas milage. My next car will be a small SUV like a subaru forrester. That will be the car that tows kids & a dog. The hybrids are not enticing enough for me to get rid of my civic. I hope there is a great option in 3-4 years when I'm ready for my next car.