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All About Hybrid Cars

What Is a Hybrid Car?

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Hybrid vehicles got their name because they utilize two engine technologies together. There is a standard gasoline powered engine as well as an electric motor that gets its juice from a rechargeable battery pack. The idea is to create an environmentally friendly vehicle with better gas mileage and lower emissions. A lot of people confuse hybrids with electric cars but they are very different. A hybrid is assisted by the electric motor but it is still primarily an internal combustion gasoline powered vehicle. In a few cases you can find hybrid SUVs that qualify for an SULEV (Super-Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle) rating.

CarBuyingTips.com's Pros and Cons Of Owning a Hybrid Car

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How Much Better is a Hybrid Car's Gas Mileage?

Hybrid cars achieve the biggest gas mileage gain over a standard car when you are doing city driving where you can get 50% - 70% better gas mileage. You should check the specific model that you are looking at to determine how much you will save.

If using less gas is your main goal you can save money buying a used hybrid or even a regular car that gets good gas mileage. Usedcars.com has created a special section to help you find fuel efficient used cars. Click here to search for fuel efficient used cars in your area. You might find that you can save gas and save a lot of money by buying used.

If you live in a big congested city, you are a prime candidate for a hybrid car. In times of peak demand, selling prices could be full MSRP or higher. Don't ever pay this much, wait until the demand dies down.

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