Tips to Finding A Pre-Owned Hybrid Car – Part 1

It’s no secret that hybrid vehicles cost more than their gas-only counterparts. Unfortunately, the price of a shiny new eco-friendly, fuel saving green machine is more than many can afford. Combine that expense with the fact that gas prices are fast approaching $4 per gallon, and you’ve got a lot of people searching for used hybrid cars.

The good news is a high quality, pre-owned hybrid car can still be found if you know where to look. This series of articles will review several resources that will get you off on the right foot. Some are fairly obvious, but often overlooked (i.e. local classifieds, local car dealer websites). Others you might never have considered (i.e. Craigslist.org). If you have a specific pre-owned hybrid auto in mind, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to locate it.

Hello eBay!

One of my favorite places to search for used hybrid cars is on eBay Motors. In fact, I’ve purchased my last 4 vehicles there, including my current Highlander. If you’ve never tried it, the following link will take you to the starting page for finding a used hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle on eBay Motors.

You have to be careful when you shop for any used car, and that really holds true online and on eBay, where in most cases you won’t have an opportunity to see or drive the car your bidding on. There will be times when you will find a car on this online auction site, and the price will seem almost too good to be true. In most cases, there are reasons why some used cars are thousands below similar ones. Often, these are cars with salvage titles, where the extent of prior damage reached a point that a clean/clear title could no longer be issued.

As an example, I just viewed a 2007 Prius with under 10,000 miles, GPS, navigation, BluTooth, Xenon lights, a back up camera – and an incredible Buy It Now price of only $18,000. Guess what? Yep, a salvage title. There are lots of great cars on eBay Motors…but you have to read descriptions carefully and always contact the seller before bidding if you have any questions.

When I search for hybrid cars on eBay, I try to include the negative keyword “salvage” to make sure it is not listed in the title or description of the vehicle. This can sometimes have the opposite effect, for example if the seller writes, “this vehicle has a clean title…not a salvage title.”. For the most part though, it simply removes the hybrid cars that have received significant damage in an accident. Even though these cars may have been fully repaired, I prefer to buy mine with a clean title.

Automatic Car Starter

The automatic car starter may be the new revolutionary way of starting a car engine without the usage of the ordinary key. All drivers realize that starting the vehicle automatically with few minutes before driving in cold winter morning is something that in the past was considered an aspiration.

This new system looks like a normal remote control of the doors of a car however it can perform much more than simply opening and closing the doors of the car. It’s very easy to use and brings the car, and also the driver, only advantages.

This system has multiple methods for starting the engine: at request by pressing the button for RS and can work with a programmed time, temporized, for automatic start of the car with programmed duration of engine, of the programmed number of times, at programmed amounts of time, and Smart Start, for automatic start of the motor when are accomplished among the following conditions – the temperature within the car is less than a programmed temperature between -23 and +21 degrees Celsius the function can be deactivated; – when the temperature inside the vehicle is bigger than the usual programmed value between +4 and +54 degrees Celsius the function can be deactivated so when the need for battery tension of the car is just one programmed value between 9 and 12.5 V the function could be deactivated.

The Turbo mode of the system will keep the engine started for any time period programmed of just one, 3, Five or ten minutes in order to allow the cooling from the turbine. Additionally, it can open the trunk by pressing one button from the intelligent remote control from the system. There is also a comfort function of the and what this means is the uplift of the windows at closing. You can also benefit of confirmation for locking and unlocking about the honk or else you can pick this function to be made on silent mode without any confirmation sound. This silent mode is made for the moments in day when sounded can disturb the other people around, for example at night therefore the confirmation sounds can be stopped by the simple pressing of the mouse from the remote therefore the confirmation will be done only through the signal lights.

This system also offers a control button focused on the deactivation of starting the motor by handheld remote control and this is set up in the vehicle and accustomed to avoid the accidental starting of the motor in closed spaces or by untrained persons.

The handheld remote control of the system has additionally a lot of advantages such as the fact that it can be used with just one hand, it has a life battery up to Six months and contains also some options like starting lights, ply the mirrors and start the projectors from the remote control.

This system may also be used on diesel engines, however the start of car is going to be activated following the motor has reached the optimal temperature for starting it. You may also benefit of the manual and automatic control for windscreen demisting, passive lock of the doors should you forget to lock them manually and the most important this kind of system is sold with life warranty (just for the car on which was installed).