Should You Buy a “Green” Car in 2015?

August 27th, 2014 by

As the technology advances and the demand increases, more and more “green” vehicles are hitting the market. No, this isn’t a reference to a color preference that’s sweeping the nation; it refers to the movement to embrace more eco-friendly vehicles, such as hybrid and electric cars.

Whether you go to new or used car dealerships, you’ll find plenty of options for hybrid and electric vehicles from a variety of manufacturers. Here are a few things to think about if you are considering making the switch to a green car in 2015:

Driving Habits

In most cases, an all electric vehicle will help you to save the most money on gas

and consume the fewest natural resources. However, electric vehicles are somewhat limited in range. While most electric vehicles will provide a range that is more than adequate for most standard driving needs, you may not do well with an electric vehicle if you routinely drive long distances. For example, if you have to travel frequently for work or you have a long commute, you may be limited by an electric vehicle.

A hybrid car can provide the best of both worlds in many cases, giving you the fuel efficiency while ensuring that you never get stuck because your battery has run out of power.


As electric and hybrid vehicles become more common, their pricing is starting to come down. However, some consumers may still find the pricing to be a little high on some green vehicles. You can get a quality, affordable eco-friendly vehicle by shopping at used car dealerships, or you can try your luck with dealer promotions. Either way, you can find a way to make an eco-friendly vehicle affordable for most budgets.

Cargo Space

Most electric and hybrid vehicles are sedans or compact cars with smaller designs. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for hauling cargo. You do have larger options, however, such as some hybrid SUVs or hatchbacks. Even large vehicles such as city buses can run on hybrid and electric technology, but you may find that oversized vehicles like heavy-duty trucks are out of your price range in these green options.

Turn over a new leaf this year and consider a hybrid or electric vehicle. Shopping at used car dealerships can help you save money on the purchase, and you’ll save a lot of money on gas. You’ll also be doing your part for the environment, and the satisfaction that will give you is priceless.