Domestic Versus Imported Hybrid Cars

By: Thomas Jones

Deciding to buy a hybrid is the easy part, choosing which hybrid you want to choose is going to be a bit more difficult. Although you might have one in mind you might not have taken a look at all the facts which are crucial to making the right choice for you. One question that you need to ask yourself is do you want to purchase a domestic or imported hybrid? Some people might be able to answer that question easily but for others this can be a very hard question to answer. Here is a list of thing you should know and consider when it comes to choosing a hybrid car.

1. Imported Hybrids have been around a while: The Toyota Prius has been on the market since 1998. It is the one hybrid that has really has a chance to be tested being it is the longest running hybrid available. Domestic hybrids on the other hand have only been on the market for a few years, some as little as 2 or 3 years. The imported hybrids have been available for 5 years or even longer.

2. You will pay about the same price: With the exception of luxury sedans such as the BMW and the Lexus, both imported hybrids and domestic hybrids cost about the same amount. You will even find a few imported hybrids that cost less than a domestic hybrid.

3. All the technology came from an import: Although Toyota patented the technology of the Prius Hybrid which is what game them the upper hand in the hybrid industry, many companies are leasing this technology from them. Ford is one of these companies so whether you purchase an imported or domestic hybrid the technology all came from an import car either way.

4. Imports are harder to repair: Conventional imported cars can be difficult to get repaired so the same goes for a hybrid import. Some makes and models will make it hard to find a qualified mechanic to do the work correctly. This is true more so with the expensive models such as the Volkswagen and the Porsche.

5. Both of them still come with an owners manual: Conventional car or hybrids still have owners manuals that you need to read when you purchase a vehicle to understand it so you know that your new domestic hybrid doesn't need water and your import can not use unleaded gasoline.

6. Domestic hybrids are built on volume: Domestic cars tend to be built by volume which means that the factors are expected to manufacture a large amount of cars in a very little amount of time. Imported car manufactures take longer to make the car because it requires more car to make them last much longer than the domestic car.

No matter whether you choose to purchase an imported or domestic hybrid in the long run just buying a hybrid is better for you and your budget. And better for everyone and the environment.

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