Many people believe that if they buy a used car, most of the time they’re not getting a fuel-efficient car. This is a common belief amongst Canadians but is absolutely untrue. Today, the used car market is filled with tons of different options, leaving many exceptionally fuel-efficient used cars. In the last decade, the automotive industry has changed significantly, also changing the concept of what kind of quality and specs you can get in a used car. Now it is possible to buy a used car that has been completely evaluated for mechanical issues from "head to toe." The end result is transportation that is essentially as reliable as a new car. Additionally, this new breed of used cars will enjoy the same fuel efficiency as their brand new counterparts that are off the show floor.
Step 1: Know Your Fuel-Efficient Models
There are tons of different makes and models on the market. But it’s necessary to know which models are fuel-efficient. This way, you can more readily target your search.
The most fuel-efficient models on the road today are cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius. These hybrid cars can achieve impressive efficiency. The Nissan Leaf, for example, is 100% electric and the Toyota Prius can be driven short distances solely via its electric motor. There are more hybrid and all-electric options coming every year. Of course, this is not to say that there are not still fuel-efficient traditional cars out there as well.
It is also interesting to note that Toyota has launched a Toyota Certified Used Hybrid Program. They will certify cars that have less than 85,000 miles and this inspection includes a 160-point inspection of all internal and external components. Cars also undergo an additional 14-point inspection of the vehicle's hybrid components. If a car passes this inspection, it receives a warranty of 3 months or 3,000 miles. Honda has a similar program.
Step 2: Ask Your Dealer About Fuel-Efficient Options
Your car dealer eat, sleeps and breathes all things cars. So when you’re talking with your dealer, he or she should know what kind of cars get the best gas mileage. Asking dealers for their opinions and advice is a fast way to save yourself a lot of research. In addition, they will also be able to tell you what fuel-efficient car options are the best fit for your needs. This is why it is important to outline your requirements in detail when you visit your car dealership.
Step 3: Take a Test Drive
There are many fuel-efficient cars on the market. This means that there is no reason at all to drive a model that you don't like. Internet research can be a good way to find out information, but it is simply no replacement for the good old fashion test drive!