Unlike the conventional cars that make use of a single source of energy, a hybrid car runs on a combination of a battery and a fuel engine. However, these two sources are used alternatively by the car and are not merged with each other. Hybrid cars are gaining popularity because of their economical, social, and environmental benefits. But, these 'green cars' also have some disadvantages which should be kept in mind before considering them for a purchase.
Following are the 5 main drawbacks of a hybrid car:
1) The main shortcoming of a hybrid car that prevents it from gaining popularity with the masses is its high cost. It has also been estimated that the price of hybrid cars will increase over the years, inviting more troubles for the buyers. The fuel savings expected in a hybrid car are also believed to be a bit exaggerated, when compared to the total costs of purchasing and maintaining a hybrid car.
2) Another disadvantage is that the acceleration of most hybrid cars is not exhilarating. That is, they tend to accelerate at a slower speed when compared to the conventional gas-powered cars. To put in simple words, you would not be able to achieve the anticipated speed within the same time period in a hybrid car, than you would in cars that are powered only by gasoline. This feature of a hybrid car will certainly make you feel unsafe while driving as you would not be able to keep pace with the other normal cars on the road.
3) The third disadvantage of a hybrid car is the high cost of its batteries. Although the battery pack comes with an extended warranty, it needs to be replaced on completing 80,000 miles. Depending on the model of your car, this battery pack may cost you anything between $5,000 and $8,000. Therefore, if you are a frequent traveler, a hybrid car is definitely not a good choice for you.
4) In order to facilitate high speeds, hybrid cars are made using light-weight body materials and are kept small in size. Owing to their small size and light weight, they become more vulnerable to serious damage when involved in any accident, small or big.
5) As these cars are new and expensive, their stocks are limited and are not available in all parts of the country. Also, there are not many skilled hybrid car repair mechanics. So, you can imagine the kind of troubles you will have to face if you buy an expensive hybrid car from a place far away from your residence, and then, when required, get it repaired from a local unskilled repair mechanic!
Hybrid cars do have the above mentioned disadvantages, but that does not mean they are not worth buying at all. Just like any other new technology, hybrid cars also have their pros and cons. They are environment friendly and help in saving a lot of fuel. So, if you can really afford to buy and maintain a hybrid car, you should definitely go for it.
Choose your car before you arrive at your destination! That may sound obvious but many people leave their choice of vehicle until arrival at their destination – only to find that the suppliers don’t have any availability of suitable models! Pre-book your choice of car and avoid hassle.
When booking your hire car, think about what you want to do with it and how far you need to travel in it, how much baggage you’re taking and whether there are extras like pushchairs, wheelchairs or even golf clubs or skis! These factors should all be taken into account when choosing your rental vehicle.
You should, perhaps, use a car rental broker – this way you’ll get the choice of many, many end suppliers at the most competitive rates.
When getting quotes and booking, decide on what type of car your would like to rent for your trip. There are numerous choices:
(Ka, Clio, Corsa or similar)
Ideal if you are only one or two people. Small engine (1 – 1.2 litres normally) and very economical. Small cars will normally be manual transmission – with or without air conditioning. You should also have a choice of 2 or 4 doors and expect the car to hold two suitcases.
(Astra, Focus, Golf or similar)
Suitable for four (maybe five) persons.
Generally a choice of two and four doors and should hold four medium suitcases.
(Mondeo, Laguna, Passat or similar)
Good size for families (up to five adults), usually have four doors and room for plenty of luggage. Often available with automatic transmission at additional cost and (sometimes) in estate car versions. Engines are generally around 2 litres.
(Zafira, Galaxy or similar)
People carriers usually hold either five people or seven. They, generally, fall into the Intermediate category so have many of these features + a bit more space. The perfect family vehicle. However, beware of luggage space – there probably won’t be enough for seven people! Consider renting a roof rack (if available) or, if you are a biggish party, then consider renting an additional small car (for the luggage) – just for the days of pick up and return – the “main” car should be plenty for your holiday needs when you’re not dragging luggage around with you.
The quote engine on any good car rental broker’s website will show you details of the carrying capacity of the vehicles they offer and the various prices for 2 door, 4 door, hatchback and MPVs, etc. Please remember, though, that no suppliers can/will guarantee a particular make or model – they will, however, guarantee the “group” and if by any chance they “run short” they will usually upgrade you at no extra charge (argue with the desk for this if you need to!). and needs treatment.