Whether we like it or not, for most of us we use our cars, trucks, vans or suv’s almost daily. When I get ready to fill up my gas tank I am hit hard in the pocket with the realization of just how expensive each tank of gas truly is. I like having my vehicles paid for. They are not fancy. They are not new. They are however mine (rather my husband’s and mine).
When we took our recent road trip to Florida in August we discussed our traveling options. We knew we would be driving as we had multiple destinations. With our mini-van being older and getting only 17 miles to the gallon we calculated the costs and decided it would be well worth renting a smaller, more fuel-efficient car for our drive. What a difference it was to get an average of 30-35 miles to the gallon compared to what we were use to!
While we were on our trip we spent some time discussing what we would want to do some time in the future (distant future) about getting another more fuel-efficient vehicle. My sister and brother-in-law just purchased a new Toyota Prius hybrid at the beginning of the year. I didn’t realize just how many options there truly are now for hybrids. Did you know that when I was checking out Toyota V dealers there are now 4 different Prius hybrids, including a plug-in that can be charged right from home? It can get up to 95 mpg! Although the charge only lasts an average of 13 miles, that is truly amazing!
While at times it is easy to reason that the amount we would save in fuel would quickly help cover some of the payment, a hybrid is far from our budget right now. What is your opinion, do you think one should save and pay cash for a vehicle your family owns that is not fuel efficient (but it is yours) or purchase a more fuel-efficient hybrid and have a payment?
Sometime in the future I would love the opportunity to own a fuel-efficient hybrid!
What type of vehicle does your family drive? Would you be willing to trade in your gas guzzler for a hybrid car?
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