Gas prices are down. Drivers are celebrating. But does that mean we can slacken the conservation reins? Not as far as I’m concerned. For me, prices have no effect on my quest to burn less fuel. The cost of consumption is almost immeasurable when you factor in the associated environmental damage, corporate gluttony, health impacts, and spiritual conflict. I conserve because it’s the right thing to do.
Which I why I jumped on my friend’s suggestion when she said, “Your readers should know what I learned about buying a hybrid car. It’s more affordable than you think.”
I’ve known Judy for 15 years. She has always impressed me as a goal setter, a smart shopper, and a caring person. Plus, she has mechanical knowledge. I figured the best way to share her car-buying information was to let her explain it in her own words. Here is my interview with her:
Question: Why did you want to buy a hybrid?
Answer: For better fuel economy and to help encourage industry to find better ways to be more environmentally friendly.
Q: Describe yourself as a shopper. Impulsive? Thoughtful? Unimpeded? Budgeted?
A: All of these. I know I can be impulsive, so I stop myself in process and start analyzing. I have a budget; it’s small.
Q: Why did you initially think a hybrid wasn’t an option for you?
A: I assumed it was way out of my price range before I ever even looked into it.
Q: What changed?
A: While shopping for a new car, the sales people explained to me that there are many incentives from our federal government to buy or lease a hybrid, so that it was not only affordable, but more affordable than a regular non-hybrid car.
Q: What kind did you buy?
Q: How do you like your new car?
A: Absolutely love it!
Q: What is it like to maintain compared to a traditional car? More expensive? Less expensive? Bothersome?
A: Easy, no different than any other new car.
Q: Do you have any hybrid-car-buying online resources you’d like to share?
A: No, just Google
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about the experience?
A: Don’t rule out hybrids if you’re thinking of buying or leasing a new car. Explore all options.
Q: Please describe yourself.
A: I am retired from two careers, military and civilian, living on a strict budget, and totally enjoying life. I garden, do a lot of volunteer work with veterans and animals, and I support environmentally friendly businesses, especially small businesses.
There you have it; hybrids are worth a look. When doing your research for tax incentives, add the syntax “site:.gov” to your search to obtain links to government websites.
Earth-caring people get a lot flack about burning fossil fuels whenever they speak out against the companies that produce it. “Hypocrites,” the antagonists yell. But Americans have been victims of a manipulated market, one that has blocked meaningful, affordable gas and oil alternatives from getting beyond the prototype stage. That’s changing. We’ve passed the point of such alternatives being “right” and reached the point where they are “critical.” Today’s options may not be perfect, but if you dig a little you will find more are becoming available, ones easier to acquire than in the past.
Thanks, Judy, for reminding us of that.