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Old 06-09-2008, 05:38 AM   #41
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Sorry Barbara, wasn't meaning to have a go at anyone - that documentary was so shocking I just wanted to share...

Back to the OP, I and thinking of driving to France to fill up! It may sound wacky, but i live about 20 miles from the ferry terminal and you can sometimes get cheap evening return sailings after 6pm. Add in the fact that fuel is cheaper, wine is cheaper and of course the food :D

It's something I used to do a decade ago just for fun, then the fuel savings paid for the trip! So i'm off to find out the price of diesel in France - unless anyone here can offer up a price????
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:18 PM   #42
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I pay over 4.00 for gas. I am seriously considering a hybrid for my car.
It will take a very long time before you see any savings on fuel because of the high initial cost of the hybrids.

FYI - Replacement batteries usually cost more than the car is worth.

I'm not against them, but the technology is still very new, no matter what brand you are looking at. A better choice would be a fuel efficient gasoline powered car. The cost of used fuel efficient cars has gone up drastically. I use 99-01 Chevy Metros for my company. I was buying these cars back in 03 with 40k miles on them from a wholeseller in CT for $3000. They are now selling for 3-4 thousand with 100k miles on them. And that's "selling" not being offered at.

As of now, my company pays $3.74 at private pumps. Our annual fuel costs are six digits.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:04 PM   #43
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This morning, $1.39 a litre. ouch
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:08 PM   #44
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1.39/liter = 5.25/gallon
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:31 PM   #45
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It will take a very long time before you see any savings on fuel because of the high initial cost of the hybrids.

FYI - Replacement batteries usually cost more than the car is worth.

I'm not against them, but the technology is still very new, no matter what brand you are looking at. A better choice would be a fuel efficient gasoline powered car. The cost of used fuel efficient cars has gone up drastically. I use 99-01 Chevy Metros for my company. I was buying these cars back in 03 with 40k miles on them from a wholeseller in CT for $3000. They are now selling for 3-4 thousand with 100k miles on them. And that's "selling" not being offered at.

As of now, my company pays $3.74 at private pumps. Our annual fuel costs are six digits.
Actually the honda civic hybrid is not that high priced. I would be trading mine in which they are willing to give me 2,000 over the price of the civic so I would "make" money which I am sure would be used in extras. Then I would have gas savings but much less value in the car. Still on the fence. The battery is under warranty for several years.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:18 PM   #46
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It was $3.83 when I filled up on Sunday morning, this morning is was $3.89. Overnight, 6-cent increase. Luickily I live less than a mile from work.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:48 PM   #47
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$4.39 here. Worst part is that we moved cities a couple of years ago, but kept the kids in their original school district. It's only 6 miles each way, but 6 miles is expensive now!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:50 PM   #48
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Actually the honda civic hybrid is not that high priced. I would be trading mine in which they are willing to give me 2,000 over the price of the civic so I would "make" money which I am sure would be used in extras. Then I would have gas savings but much less value in the car. Still on the fence. The battery is under warranty for several years.
Just putting the info given out there. I was talked out of hybrids for my company by numerous salesman.
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I looked into hybrids they are great if you use them in town or a city but don't do as well on long highway drives.
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today $3.97. no it will not change my plans already made and paid for! However, it will make me a much more careful shopper, making fewer trips to the store etc.
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