Looking For a Steal on a Used Hybrid Car? Find a Honda Insight Hybrid

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If you want to buy a new hybrid car but don’t want to break the bank, then you won’t be able to do much better than the Honda Insight Hybrid. However, you’ll have to act fast, as there aren’t many Insights left on dealer lots.

That’s because the Insight was discontinued after the 2014 model. Most existing stock has largely been sold off so far this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find any more. And because those dealers are likely looking to make space for new offerings, that means you can score major savings on a brand new hybrid car.

According to Green Car Reports, “dealers may be increasingly willing to offer discounts…So if you’ve ever wanted a new Honda Insight, there’s likely no better time to buy one than now.”

Although the Honda Insight was never the most popular hybrid on the road, it was once touted as one of the most cost-efficient hybrids available in the United States. Smaller than the Toyota Prius, the hybrid vehicle still offers better fuel efficiency than traditional gas guzzlers (42 combined miles per gallon EPA rating).

That means you can save additional money as the years go by, as hybrid vehicles usually allow you to save 25-35% on gasoline. If you’re looking for used hybrid vehicles, we’re also starting to see earlier models of the Insight show up on used dealership lots as well. So if you’re looking for an alternative to the Prius or the emissions-cheating Volkswagen cars, then Honda’s hybrids are a cost-efficient alternative.

If you’re worried about the battery, Honda Insight battery replacement isn’t usually necessary for at least six years, and usually eight years or longer. That means Insight models from 2013 and 2012 will be charged and ready to go for quite some time. If the thought of replacing a hybrid battery still gives you pause, then it’s not too late to pick up a brand new hybrid car by searching out the last remaining 2014 Honda Insight hybrids.

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Three Fast Facts About Hybrid Car Batteries

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In a perfect world, hybrid car batteries would last exactly as long as your car stayed on the road. Of course, in a really perfect world, cars would run on happy thoughts (and also fly), which doesn’t actually work. Trust us, we tried, it was a disaster.

Here in the real world, if you drive a hybrid vehicle, then you’re most likely feeling some lingering anxiety about the shelf life of your hybrid car battery. Instead of worrying about things you can’t control, try and focus on these three happy thoughts while you’re waiting for the red light to change.

It’s Getting Better All The Time…

More than two million hybrid vehicles were sold in the United States in 2012, according to Statistic Brain. With such a large emerging market for more fuel efficient hybrids (and thus, hybrid batteries), lots of research and development money is spent engineering longer lasting batteries.

You Aren’t Just Saving Money…

The average hybrid vehicle is up to 35% more fuel efficient than the typical gas guzzler in the lane next to you. Plus, despite the increased costs of some hybrid vehicles, most drivers will recoup that cost (and then some) over time. And depending on the car’s fuel efficiency, that hybrid can reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by up to a corresponding 35%. That means hybrid drivers save cash while simultaneously helping the environment.

Options Exist To Protect Yourself…

Research shows the lifespan of some batteries is only six years. Fortunately, the average hybrid battery warranty usually covers at least eight years and up to 100,000 miles.

Since batteries usually don’t outlast their cars, most drivers will have to replace their battery pack at some point. If you are replacing a battery, or in the market for your first hybrid, then check with your dealer about investing in a hybrid battery warranty. After all, almost all hybrid drivers will purchase a replacement battery within six to 10 years.