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Key Considerations for the Green Car Buyer

2/18/2013 10:56:21 AM | by Anonymous


As the auto market becomes increasingly filled with hybrids and all electric vehicles, consumers may be tempted to go green. But the growing expansion in the availability of green vehicles raises many considerations for potential green car buyers.


Conservation Goals

First, a car buyer should consider what his or her goals and main motives for purchasing a green car are. Some consumers are simply interested in owning a more fuel efficient car to save money on gas and minimize the environmental impact of excessive gas consumption. In this case, it is important to compare fuel efficiency ratings of cars with gasoline engines to those with hybrid engines. While a the hybrid model of a vehicle may be more fuel efficient than its fully gasoline-powered counterpart, automakers have now improved fuel efficiency on many of their gasoline engine models to make them a better deal in terms of gas savings than many hybrid vehicles.


Money Savings

Many people purchase green vehicles with the hope of saving money in comparison to owning a car that has a gasoline engine. This is actually a poor reason to choose to buy green if it is the main motivating factor. Buyers should expect to pay more for green technology in their automobiles, and they should be prepared to not save money on ownership in the long run. For cars that do deliver ownership savings, it generally takes a while for the owner to realize those savings.


Economic Conditions

While it may seem counterintuitive, buying a green car when gas prices are high is not the best course of action. Higher gas prices tend to prompt everyone to search for more fuel efficient options. The supply of green cars tends to be lower at these times. Consequently, green car buyers pay a premium due to the high demand and low supply. When considering purchasing a green car, waiting until gasoline prices are lower and green vehicles are in lower demand can save money.


Charging Up

For people who currently own electric vehicles, charging up in public is not a reliable option for most. Quick Chargers are few and far in between in most cities, and if a driver is able to find a Quick Charger station, recharging a battery can take up to 30 minutes and even longer in cold weather. When it comes to purchasing an electric car, it is best to ensure that charging at home and/or at work will be an option.


Less Common Ways of Going Green

While hybrids and electric cars are first to come to mind for most people when they think of green vehicles, there are many other ways of conserving environmental resources and possibly saving money as well. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fuel of the gases that are used to power cars. Natural gas also has the added benefit of half as much as regular gasoline based on each mile. Honda has introduced a natural gas vehicle that is being introduced into more markets across the U.S. While natural gas fueling sites are limited, the car's large range makes fueling at home an option for owners who are equipped to do so.


Clean diesel is another option for car buyers who wish to have a cleaner burning fuel that offers more efficiency. Diesel cars and their fuel tend to be more expensive; however, clean diesel owners may save money on the increased fuel efficiency.


Automakers are beginning to implement recycled materials in their cars in the interest of reducing waste when cars are junked. Eco-conscious buyers can support the green movement by purchasing on of Ford's models, which feature soy-based foam, recycled yarn, and wheat straw as materials in their interior.


The good news is there are numerous ways to go green when it comes to personal transportation. Consumers should weight the options carefully when choosing a green car to suit their needs.


Author Bio: This has been a guest post from Are You Selling, who are a group of expert car evaluators. If you're looking to sell your car, it might be worth talking to them first.

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