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Old 04-10-2012, 10:25 PM  
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Hybrid Owners Unlikely to Re-purchase

A study reveals that a majority of hybrid owners are unlikely to buy another hybrid. One of my two Obama supporting friends totaled a hybrid and replaced it with an SUV so he seems to fit the study.


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Old 04-11-2012, 06:06 AM  
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Even at the current $4.19/gallon (here) the additional purchase cost takes a long time to recover unless you are driving several thousand miles a month in the city. The difference between 40 and 55 mpg is only about $15 savings per tank. If the commercials are correct and most fill up only once a month, that's savings of $180/year, so it could take over 20 years to make up the additional purchase price. People would rather pay a little more at the pump than a lot more to the auto manufacturers.

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:45 AM  
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The initial cost

From what I have heard from people (friends, neighbors, etc) there are a couple of issues with the hybrid that keep people from buying them in the first place. 1. The cost. The hybrids are way over priced to buy. 2. The size. Why spend all that money for something that you can barely carry a small bag of groceries. Not to mention, getting in and out of the dang things, seems like any one over the size of an anorexic midget would need a shoe horn and lots of grease to get in and out of the dang things. And even worse, in a collision, the little car doesn't stand a chance. 3. The driving range. Why buy a car that you can only drive 50 miles or so and then have to recharge?

When you can drive across the country in one in a couple days, carrying a full load of suitcases and 3 other people, then I MIGHT be interested in checking them out. Otherwise, forget it...
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