Hybrid vehicles were created for a number of reasons, including the appeal to consumers who strive to lessen their carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels like gasoline. If you’re currently in the market for your first hybrid vehicle you likely have a lot of questions about hybrids, such as which one to buy and how to get the most for your money.
In this article, you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions about hybrid vehicles and their answers.
Your Questions Answered
Will a hybrid vehicle lessen my dependence on gasoline? The overall answer is yes; however, there are certain considerations that can affect just how much your dependence on gasoline is lessened. One factor is the frequency in which you are able to plug-in your hybrid to charge it. Another aspect to be conscious of is how many miles you drive. The climate you live in is also important as colder climates reduce the gas-fuel efficiency.
What are the tax benefits of owning a hybrid vehicle? Depending on the vehicle model and which state you live in, the tax benefits vary. For a majority of the hybrid vehicles in today’s market, you will see a federal refund of up to $7,500 and varying state and local tax benefits. Important to remember is that the hybrid vehicle must be purchased on or before 12/31/2010, according to IRS.gov.
Is hybrid maintenance more expensive than a standard vehicle? Contrary to popular belief, maintaining your hybrid is less expensive than a standard vehicle. This can be attributed to the fact that hybrid vehicles cost less to maintain than a standard vehicle as there are less moving parts and less fluids to be changed/maintained.
How often does the hybrid battery pack need replacing? Depending on the carmaker, your warranty covers the battery for 8-10 years. The hybrid battery is designed to last the life of the vehicle, or approximately 150,000-200,000 miles. In the case of a damaged battery, it is always recommended to have it repaired or replaced by a reputable hybrid repair company or the vehicle’s carmaker if under warranty.
Are hybrid vehicles safe? Again, depending on the carmaker, most hybrids have advanced safety features. Many of today’s hybrids rank high for safety, but it is recommended to check each individual vehicle’s safety rating. It is important to note that many hybrids are small and quick, equipped with backup cameras, and blind spot detection.
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