There are loads of used car options when it comes to buying green and saving money at the same time. We all know how important both our wallets and our planet is, and there are many options for used car buyers who are in need of getting the most value for their money, while making sure that we are keeping our environment in mind.
To start, buying a used car is the perfect way to reduce and reclaim what has already been manufactured and recycle. Instead of buying a new car, you are able to reuse what has already been produced and on the road. When buying a used car you are making a conscious decision to preserve materials, conserve energy and keep from adding yet another new car to the road.
Another way to go green when it comes to buying a used car is to choose a hybrid. Combining two forces of energy in order to conserve fuel, hybrids operate off of both gasoline and electricity. Most hybrids on the road today complement their gas engines by charging a battery when breaking. Hybrids get more MPG or miles per gallon than most non-hybrids, and usually have very low tailpipe emissions. So you not only save money on gas, you are conserving fuel while driving a car that has significantly reduced emissions.
Here are a couple examples of the popular hybrids on the road today:
Nissan Altima Hybrid
The Nissan Altima Hybrid is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan featuring a 2.5 L QR25DE engine, CVT and electric motor/generator. The fuel efficiency for the Altima Hybrid is 35 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The Nissan Altima Hybrid offers sharp handling, spacious interior and the added fuel efficiency of a hybrid engine. Great for families and fun to drive!
Toyota Prius Hybrid
The Toyota Prius Hybrid is a 4-door, 5 passenger family sedan featuring a 1.5-liter I4 hybrid engine that achieves 48-mpg in the city and 45-mpg on the highway. Great for singles and families this car has enough room for everyone and the family dog.
Saving and obtaining more value for your money is what buying a used car is all about. When buying a used car, you can save anywhere from 15 – 20%. To ensure the car you plan to buy has the latest in green technology, it is best to look for cars that are no more than 1 – 2 years old.