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Do You Know How to Find a Used Hybrid?

How Do You Buy a Used Hybrid Vehicle?

Over the last 20-plus years, hybrid vehicles have become mainstream in the automotive industry. Not only has this technology shown to be effective in cutting down on fuel costs for owners, but it has also been shown to be reliable and suitable for the secondary vehicle market. If you’re looking to take advantage of the savings of this technology, you might also be wondering, ‘How do you buy a used hybrid vehicle?’ Our team put together this handy guide to help people buy their first pre-owned hybrid vehicle platform.

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Red Flags For Buying a Used Hybrid

The biggest difference between a hybrid and a traditional gasoline-only powered car is the presence of the hybrid’s electric motors and battery systems. When buying a pre-owned hybrid, mileage on the odometer will be a very important metric. Most manufacturers who are in the hybrid game offer a hybrid system warranty of between 160,000 and 241,000 km. If there is time or mileage left on the warranty, it is often transferable to subsequent owners. 

However, if the warranty has expired, it is very important to have a vehicle’s hybrid system inspected by a qualified expert. Most, if not all, hybrid vehicles can’t run if the battery system is damaged or otherwise inoperational. Furthermore, replacing it can cost several thousand dollars. 

Is Driving a Hybrid Car Different?

Modern hybrid vehicles have really closed the performance gap with their gas-only counterparts. When someone is new to driving hybrid vehicles, they may have to get used to slightly slower acceleration, however. Handling and corner behaviour of a hybrid platform are very analogous to traditional vehicles. Later model hybrids are more refined than the original generation, making for a likely better ownership experience.

Make an appointment with a Davey Auto Sales product expert today to learn about our available inventory of hybrid vehicles. If you don’t find what you’re looking for right away, let us know, and we can expand our search.

May 16th, 2023