The Advantages of Owning an Eco-Friendly Vehicle

No matter who you are, you can stand to gain from a car or truck with great MPG. In our gas-powered world, this can sometimes be hard to find. Luckily, over the past couple of decades, we’ve seen the introduction and improvement of electric motors and alternative fuels that make our vehicles run so much smoother. And guess what? These cars are better for our environment too. Keep reading if you want to learn about the advantages of an eco-friendly car.

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Let’s start this conversation by defining what we mean by an “eco-friendly” car. An eco-friendly car, or a “green car”, is a car that emits low carbon compounds when it runs. Eco-friendly cars do this by running on a resource that isn’t a toxic fuel. For instance, they might run on ethanol, biodiesel or natural gas. Electric or hybrid cars are an especially popular option.

Let’s Take a Look at Some Advantages

Now that we’ve got a working definition, let's explore some benefits to buying and driving an eco-friendly car.

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First and foremost, people buy eco-friendly cars because they feel a sense of responsibility for the transmissions of their vehicles and the role they play in global warming. Traditional vehicles that run on gas account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide for every gallon of gas. That is a massive carbon footprint.

Better Cost of Owning

Yes, many eco-friendly cars start at a higher sticker price. The savings happen over the life of the vehicle as you spend less time filling up your gas tank, especially if you drive an all-electric vehicle (AEV). Gone are the days where you have to spend up to a third of your paycheck just to fill up the car. Another benefit to an AEV is less regularly scheduled maintenance because there are fewer fluids to change and fewer moving parts.

If it’s still difficult for you to swallow that sticker price, you should know that many green vehicles qualify for a tax incentive, up to $7,500! Currently, this tax incentive only applies to electric or hybrid vehicles. For a full list of vehicles this applies to check out FuelEconomy.gov, the official U.S. Government source for fuel economy information.

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There are several different types that are considered “eco-friendly.”

Hybrid

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Hybrid cars have some of the best average MPG because of this mechanism. If you do a lot of city driving or otherwise slower driving, this will save a significant amount on gas. However, if your daily commute is mostly highway driving, it might take you a little longer to see those savings.

Check out this Honda Fit and all of our Northwest Motorsport Hybrid collection here!

Electric

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In addition, AEV’s cost significantly less to own than many gas-powered cars. You don’t have to buy gas, bring it in for an oil change or a smog test, and there are fewer moving parts to worry about. Many drivers claim they go years without repair or service bills.

Electric cars are increasingly more affordable to buy, and new charging stations are constantly popping up all over the nation. Check out this Tesla and all of our current inventory of electric-powered vehicles here.

Alternative Fuels (Biodiesel, Ethanol)

There are a number of different alternative fuels for vehicles, but the two most common in the United States are ethanol, and most excitingly for our truck fans, biodiesel. Ethanol made from corn has entered our nation’s fuel supply thanks to the Renewable Fuels mandate. There are 84 cars and trucks that are designated “flex-fuel,” meaning they can run on 85% ethanol.

Biodiesel is a similar product made from vegetable oil, animal fats, and/ or recycled restaurant grease. It is a non-toxic and biodegradable renewable energy, and it also improves the octane rating of conventional diesel fuel. Most importantly, biodiesel can be used in most diesel engines!

Tons of Advantages to Owning an Eco-Friendly Vehicle

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If you’re looking for alternative fuel, hybrid, or electric-powered vehicle, take a peek at what we have in stock. And if you're wondering exactly what you should be looking for in an eco-friendly car or truck, be sure to take a peek at our blog! We've got lots to share!