Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars

With Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk making headlines and Volvo announcing that all of their new cars will be hybrids, it’s hard to avoid the topic of hybrid cars. Ultimately, hybrids are more expensive to insure and purchase, but you can decide if the pros outweigh the cost. At InsureTN, we can help you insure your hybrid – but first, check out our pros and cons list to decide if you’re ready to buy one:

Pros

1) The lower emissions make hybrid cars much more environmentally friendly than standard gas cars.

2) Hybrid cars typically come with longer warranties – for as much as eight years of protection.

3) Tax deductions may be available.

4) If you drive slower, take less highways, or tend to get stuck in slow-moving traffic, you’ll save a lot of gas with a hybrid car, ultimately lowering your costs.

5) You can drive in H.O.V. lanes (in some states) without having another person in the car, and in some areas, you can park in closer/better spots.

6) The electric engine is almost silent.

7) You don’t need to go through emissions testing to register your car in Tennessee.

8) Using less gas means less wear and tear on your engine, which means you can expect less repairs.

9) Higher resale value.

Cons

1) Cold weather can negatively impact the battery, rendering the electric power in a hybrid obsolete in the winter.

2) Plugs to charge hybrids are not yet commonplace, and it may be hard to find one outside of cities.

3) Hybrid models are typically more expensive to purchase – and green cars are more expensive to insure.

4) If you mostly drive fast on highways, you won’t see much of a difference in gas usage.

5) Very few large model hybrids are available in the current market.


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