You've no doubt heard about everyone buying or wanting new or used
hybrid cars. In my opinion, used hybrid cars are the way to go.
If you can stand the fact that you have to tell everyone your car is used (some
people can't get over this ego thing...I don't understand it.) then you will not
only save money at the pump but also on the sticker. Used hybrid cars
can have only a few thousand miles on them, so don't think that you have to get
an older year to save money. With more auto makers getting in on the
hybrid car craze, you may have more used hybrid cars to choose from when
you do decide to make the move from all petrol.
But beware when shopping for used hybrid cars. Just because it's
a used hybrid doesn't necessarily guarantee that you will save a ton of money,
especially when shopping for a model that has both a hybrid version and an all
Before you go out shopping for used hybrid cars, I wanted to create
this page to show you the savings you might expect with a hybrid compared to the
alternative. These figures don't include the comparison cost of
maintenance or repair costs, and also DMV and Insurance costs. This
comparison just shows the cost of buying a used 2003 Honda Civic all gasoline
car and a used 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid model. These comparisons are done
with the vehicle having the same amount of miles, options, and are both in
The pricing on the models is based on Kelly Blue Book private party values.
The MPG estimates are courtesy of www.fueleconomy.gov., and are combined hwy and
city mpg. MPG estimates are for an automatic transmission.
Used Hybrid Cars vs. Non Hybrid Cars Comparison
By: Jerod Watson
Here is the comparison of a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid to a 2003 Honda Civic Non
Hybrid LX with all applicable features being the same. Both vehicles have
40,000 miles on them.
Annual Cost of fuel was calculated based on 15,000 miles a year paying an
average of $3.00 a gallon.
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
2003 Honda CivicLX
Kelly Blue Book Private Party Value: $16,310
Annual Cost of Fuel: $957.45
Kelly Blue Book Private Party Value: $12,710
Annual Cost of Fuel: $1,363.63
As you can see there is a $406.18 savings in fuel for 1 year with a hybrid
vehicle. You can also see that the Hybrid version of the Civic costs
$3,600 more than the all gasoline version.
Assuming that all factors stayed the same, it would take you almost 9 years
to recoup the additional cost of buying a Hybrid model by saving at the pump.
By that time, this car would have 175,000 miles on it assuming you drove 15,000
miles each year. For most, it would be time to go and buy another vehicle.
Remember this comparison doesn't take into account the cost of
maintenance and repair costs. It also doesn't factor in the tax break that
may be available for the Hybrid. To get a complete financial comparison
you must consider all of the above plus other items such as insurance and DMV
The moral of this story is to make you realize that your decision to go
shopping for used hybrid cars must be based on other factors than just
fuel mileage, especially if you are looking at buying the same model. What
I mean by this is, if your choice between vehicles is a Honda Civic Hybrid or a
Honda Civic Non-Hybrid then you must compare everything. If your choice
between vehicles is a Honda Civic Hybrid and Ford Mustang, then I think your
decision has a better chance of being based on fuel mileage.
About The Author
Jerod Watson is a member of Not A Moment Too Soon, LLC., the owner of