Automotive Specialists, Inc. is seriously an all-service automotive shop. We work on all types of vehicles, including fleet vehicles and hybrids. Have you considered purchasing a hybrid but aren’t sure it’s right for you? Here are six advantages to owning a hybrid vehicle that just might help you with your decision.
For many, the only advantage to owning a hybrid car that they care about is it is green. Driving a hybrid reduces your reliance on fossil fuel and also reduces your carbon footprint. These cars get superior gas mileage and do not release as much harmful exhaust into the air as non-hybrid vehicles do. You can save money on gasoline while feeling good about the automobile you drive at the same time.
Gas Isn’t the Only Savings
You may also save money elsewhere. Although the federal tax credits for hybrid vehicles have all but expired, local and state taxing authorities still offer credits for hybrid drivers in some areas. You may also enjoy the perks of free parking in paid parking lots and savings on your vehicle’s registration. These perks depend on where you live so check your state and local websites for more information.
One thing about hybrid cars that is truly amazing is how the vehicles power themselves. Most hybrids these days have what is called a regenerative braking system. This means that each time you step on the brake pedal to slow down and stop your hybrid, you recharge the battery. The braking system has an internal mechanism that uses the energy the brakes generate to give the battery a bit of juice.
Hybrids get better gas mileage not only because the engine uses electricity to run but also because they are lightweight. The materials used to build hybrid vehicles are lighter in weight than the materials used to build diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles. In addition, the hybrid’s motor is light, too, which makes for less fuel consumption once the engine switches from electric to fuel.
Kick When You Need It
Hybrids can pick up speed quicker than standard cars, trucks, and SUVs because when you press on the accelerator to speed up, pass someone, or climb a hill, the electrical portion of the motor kicks in to help. During these quick spurts, your car is using both the electricity and gas in its engine. This gives the vehicle a tremendous kick when you need it most.
High Resale Value
Finally, people still think hybrid cars are extremely expensive even though the manufacturers have reduced their prices to encourage sales. As such, many car buyers look to purchase used hybrids instead of new ones. This gives the vehicles an advantage in the used-car market, and if you take good care of your hybrid, it should have high resale value when you’re ready to get rid of it.
The seventh advantage of owning a hybrid is we here at Automotive Specialists, Inc. in Westminster, CO, can take care of it for you. We service and repair hybrid vehicles so call us today at 303-848-2901.