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Only 1 in 3 Hybrid Owners Buy Another One

April 12, 2012

According to a new study by Polk, 65% of hybrid owners switch back to a regular gas-model when it comes time to purchase a new car.

If you don't include the Toyota Prius, then a whopping 78% of hybrid owners switch back.

The main reason is due to the price premium of hybrids, which can take a decade or more to recoup through lower fuel costs. Other than the Prius and Lincoln MKZ, most other hybrids are just not cost-effective.

Many consumers end up buying a hybrid for emotional reasons - they want to help the environment and feel good about it, but if that's the case, then it makes more sense to buy a fuel-efficent used vehicle. The production process to create a new hybrid vehicle ends up hurting the environment way more than driving a higher-mpg used vehicle.

As an alternative to hybrids, you may want to consider buying a vehicle with a diesel engine or opting for one of the "super" fuel-efficient eco models that are hitting showrooms.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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