GREEN CAR BUYING TIPS

Drivers looking to help out the environment a bit–and save a lot of money at the gas pump–have plenty of options these days. Most companies are producing hybrids and electric cars that go further on less gas, or on none at all.

To sort through all of the options, here’s a breakdown of the different types of “green” cars you can buy.

HYBRID

The most common green car is a conventional hybrid, which uses an electric motor to supplement the engine’s power, allowing you to get much higher gas mileage than you would on just a conventional engine alone. The car’s movement helps to charge and power the motor, creating an efficient vehicle.

PLUG-IN HYBRID

Plug-in hybrids take the form even further. You charge them by plugging them into a power source, meaning they can run solely on their electric motor for short drives. That allows you to take a trip down to the store and back without using a drop of gasoline, and for longer drives, the conventional motor will kick in and deliver great gas mileage on the way–the best of both worlds.

ELECTRIC CARS

The smallest class of green cars is the still-growing electric car segment. These vehicles are powered entirely off of electricity, meaning they need to be charged (and often require special home-charging units), and you’ll need to find special charging stations in your area to refill the batteries for a long trip. They’ll never take a sip of gas, though because they’re high-tech and very new, the purchase costs are typically pretty high, even when used.

GREEN CARS AND FUEL EFFICIENT USED CARS FOR SALE IN MIAMI

If you’re looking for an efficient, money-saving green car in Miami, check out our selection of used hybrid cars for sale in Miami. They typically go quick, though, so schedule your test drive soon if you’re interested in one that you see.

And if a hybrid isn’t for you but you’re still looking to save on your fill-ups, there’s still plenty of conventional cars that deliver incredible gas mileage. Check out our selection of vehicles that average over 40 miles per gallon here at Miami Car Credit.