What to know before buying a used hybrid

May 31, 2013 12:00 AM

As gas prices remain high, more Americans are looking for ways to save money at the pump. According to U.S. News & World Report, having a hybrid car could mean the owner is entitled to some tax credits or that they might get cheaper insurance. Unfortunately, that can sometimes mean paying a lot of money for a fuel-efficient automobile up front. Another option is to look into used hybrid vehicles, as these can save the sticker shock, as well as worries about gas prices.

Buyers need to be cautious with the choices they make when selecting a used hybrid vehicle, as buying a lemon could lead to some unwanted auto repair. The New York Times offers tips to people looking to make their first used auto hybrid purchase.

According to the news provider, if the car has more than 100,000 and is more than five years old, a potential buyer may want to consider adjusting their planned expenses, as this could lead to a new battery in the near future. Additionally, the Times suggests having a hybrid mechanic on hand to inspect the vehicle, as knowledge is essential.

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