Are you sick and tired of the rising fuel costs eating into your budget? Well why don’t you get rid of that gas guzzler and buy yourself an eco-friendly vehicle. Not only is it good for the environment, but also chicks dig guys who drive green cars.
So now that you are no longer on the fence about drive a green car, here are some things you need to look out for when buying one:
Interior toxins: We all love talking about that new car smell. You ask anyone and they will be able to tell you just how good that smell is. However, what that new car smell really is, is toxic fumes evaporating off the interior plastics, vinyl and leather and pouring into our lungs. Some of the worst offenders are Hyundai, Kia and Subaru. While the cars with the lease fumes are BMW, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki and Volvo.
Fuel economy: When buying a green vehicle one of the most important things to consider is the fuel consumption. Some of the top fuel efficient vehicles are the new VW golf, the Ford Escape and the Toyota Prius.
Reliability: When purchasing a new eco-friendly vehicle it is very tricky to gauge reliability, because often you are dealing with cars that have not had enough time on the streets to identify its strengths and weaknesses. However, a lot can be said by looking at the vehicles reliability reports from years before. For this reason, it is always a good idea to read up on car reports, both international and local.
Mechanical safety: The safety of a vehicle is defined as its ability to manoeuvre safely and hold up during a crash. Therefore, it is recommended that the vehicle has ABS brakes, front/side impact airbags, stability control, and child safety seat compatibility. A few of the top choices of economical cars with top scores at all crash points were the Honda Civic, Ford Escape and the Volkswagen Rabbit.
Low emissions: Your vehicles emissions comprise of both your vehicle’s output and your driving habits. While driving habits make a big difference in both your emissions and fuel economy, the car’s overall capacity to produce clean emissions is by far the most important factor. Do not be fooled into thinking you can correct high emissions by good driving techniques. Some of the best vehicles with the lowest emissions are the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata.
Before you sign the papers on your new green car, be sure to take it out for a test drive. You will only really know if you like the car once you have driven it for a good couple of kilometres. If you are worried about the price, take a look at used cars, including the second hand VW, Honda and Toyota’s.