Beating Gas Prices: Time to Buy a Hybrid?

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Gas prices are so high they set a record Saturday in California. Maybe it’s time to buy a hybrid or electric car. But, will they really save you money? Let’s take a look.

When you buy a hybrid car, you’re going to pay more upfront. How much? Anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 more than the average gas car, according to

But, in a hybrid car, “gas isn’t needed for propulsion or power,” says Ryan Turner of Thompson’s Toyota in Placerville.

In other words, the electric motor propels a vehicle forward, not a gas motor. But, you’ll still need to put gas in your car.

Let’s say you fill up every week, well, with a hybrid car, “you would get double the range, so you will fill up every other week,” says Turner.

That cuts the cash you’re shelling out for gas in half. And, it’s no secret to buyers. Since gas jumped 13 cents overnight, Thompsons Toyota saw a 10 percent increase in Hybrid sales.

Hybird car dealerships all over the Sacramento Valley are cutting deals for fed up gas consumers. One thing to keep in mind: Hybrid drivers get tax breaks, and of course, the pure pleasure of driving a little greener.

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