Affording Gas: Buying A Hybrid And Other Options
As you pull up to the pump and fuel your car up with $10-$50 worth of gas, you may find yourself releasing a long drawn out sigh. How did gas get so expensive?
Should you check out one of those hybrid cars, you saw on the news? Everyone is talking about hybrid cars anyway. Hybrid cars and other types of cars may seem like a good idea, but before you go out and do something rash, maybe you should ask yourself some questions about how you can begin to save on gas.
There are many options out there that include everything from staying home to purchasing a hybrid car, but you have to find out what's best for you. You can only do that by asking yourself the following questions.
Should you just drive less?
Sure, you could spend the rest of your life at home on the couch, but how will you eat then? I know, you're thinking you will walk more and get more exercise. That may be true, but what happens when you get bored with walking and riding your bike? How are you going to be able to get to the gym? And, did you forget about work? You know you love listening to your books on tape while you sit in traffic at the end of the workday.
Should you drive less? Probably not. What should you do? Well, have you ever considered buying a hybrid car?
Should I buy a car that gets more miles for less gas?
You could do this, but what about when the vehicle starts to depreciate and it's not as fuel-efficient as you thought it would be? And subconsciously, because you know you have a car that gets more mileage, you are going to start traveling more miles than you traveled before.
Should I get up each morning looking for the cheaper gas prices in the area?
Who has time for that? If you think about it, you could probably spend your time better finding the right answer to this question: Do you really want to spend extra time looking for a cheap gas station? What will your boss think if you arrive late for work and tell him you were trying to be cheap? And really, how long do you think you'll last doing that?
Should I find a way to run my car on batteries?
Well you certainly don't want to have to recharge your car each morning before you go to work because that might make you late. With a hybrid car, you won't have to worry about that. Therefore, the next question should be obvious.
Should I purchase a hybrid car?
Maybe you should. It's possible that buying a hybrid car could be a sensible way to avoid high gas prices. Does your car depreciate after you drive it off the lot? A hybrid won't do that. It becomes brings the buyer in more and more money as they save on gas. A hybrid car just might be a good choice here. However, it's still a good idea to conduct further research on hybrid cars.