Why Buy a Hybrid?
Ok im a little confused...why in the hell does ANYONE buy a hybrid. This is somewhat a rant/rave but more of an informative thread. Hybrids on average cost 3500 to 8000 dollars more than their base model counterparts. Well i was really bored all day (result of a tension headache) so i decided to sit down and come up with some somewhat real world numbers. Im gonna use the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Prius as examples. All of these figures are based on a commute of 50 miles (25 miles to and from destination).
Gas Used*: $5.44/$4.16 - Average: $4.8
Gas Used*: $2.77/$2.94 - Average: $2.85
Alright, well if you figure a monthly payment of 325/month it would take 53months to pay off the Toyota Corolla and 86 months to pay off the Prius; a difference of 33 months. So basically it would take 33 months more of montly payments till the difference is made up. Now for the interesting part; taking into account the current average price of gas in the United States ($2.83), if u save $1.95 a day for the 33 months of extra car payments, you save $1,956. A difference of $8,769. Not much of a difference at all. You're paying $8,769 dollars more for a prius, even with the better gas mileage.
So i guess my question is Y? Y in the hell would you buy a hybrid. Im sorry to break the bad news but ur not helping the environment, if anything you're doing worse for it. The amount of damage caused by the production and transportation of batteries used in todays electric/hybrid cars causes a hugely greater amount of damage to the environment, completely negating the ONE reason you decided to spend a larger amount of extra money on the car in the first place. So what are the other reasons? Less power? Same body style if not uglier? Completely circular rims? A badge on the back, allowing you to pretend to be "Environmental Man!"? Coming closer to your tree humping friends? Or maybe a green leaf pin that you can put on ur jacket to carry around work?...i just dont get it.
Edit2: And lets not even get into maintenance costs. Replacing the batteries in your hybrid could cost $5-$10k dollars. And when you have two different operating systems that also include the operating systems joining the two, you have doubly the repair/maintenance as a standard car.
And i know many of ya'll will understand like me that having a car paid for is a million times better than paying for a car for almost 3 more years...
*Based on total miles divided by MPG.
Edit: This is a continuation of the thread about the new Chevrolet Volt. Someone on there blamed manufacturers for all this foolishness, and this thread is meant to show that it is the idiocy of the American public, not of the manufacturers, that any of these cars are being produced. If it wasnt for ignorant people in the US, manufacturers would stick to making cars the right way.
Last edited by bsbllscnd970; 10-15-2010 at 08:32 PM.