The other day my friend Loren at Windyridge mentioned that she was planning on buying a used car soon, and was interested in looking at hybrids this time around.
Like her, our next car will most likely be a used hybrid too. We have, and always will, buy our cars used and with cash. We've had phenomenal luck purchasing this way over the last 15 years by carefully selecting cars that are between 5 and 8 years old, in excellent condition and between 50-80 thousand miles.
But I have some concerns about buying a used hybrid for the simple reason that this is the first time in automobile history that hybrid cars are being sold used. And I worry that I won't know enough about what to watch out for in a used hybrid. For example...
-How long should the batteries last?
-Can they tell how much life is left in them?
-What other types of parts associated with hybrid technology can wear out and how do you know they're worn?
-What other expenses should you watch out for that regular cars don't have?
And recently when I commented on Julie's blog that I was thinking about this, she replied: "Just watch the hybrids. Hybrid doesn't per se equal green."
What am I missing here? By all means, please elaborate.
I know my last few posts have been soliciting reader input for fun (just ask Manic Mom, who teased me about this as an inside joke after she received a bizarre comment from one of her readers) but this time I'm asking for slightly more serious input.
-Have you had any experience either owning or buying a new or used hybrid?
-Are you considering buying one yourself someday?
-Have you heard or read anything against them that would be useful to know?
-Are there other non-hybrid cars that are actually better for the environment we should be focusing on instead?
You get the point. If you can share something, please do.
That's the beauty of having a great group of online friends like you. I know you'll have something to say :-)