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Consider Fuel Efficiency When Buying a CarBy Fisher Swanson

When you need to buy your next automobile make sure that fueleconomy doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Buying a compact carwith good gas mileage is both friendly to the environment andyour pocket book. You will enjoy the savings throughout the lifeof the vehicle.

There is a lot to consider when buying a car. If you are buyinga used car the condition of the clutch, brakes, engine andtransmission will play a huge role in how much that car will costto operate. Even minor problems can result in $300 repairs.

With new cars you need to find the make and model that has aproven track record and fits your needs. Make sure that fuelefficiency plays a role in your decision making. If you emergefrom the car buying process with a fuel efficient car you willburn up less cash in your tank and have more money to spend onthings that matter.

Take advantage of what is known.

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, the one thing you caneasily and accurately predict is how much gas you are going touse. Gas prices may fluctuate but most people can spend a weekor two logging their gas consumption and get a good idea of howmany gallons they use. If you don't already, track your gasconsumption so you can use this information when purchasing acar.

Make it the #1 priority.

One way to make sure that fuel efficiency is considered is tostart by looking at cars that get good gas mileage. Make it the#1 priority and see where that leads you. The problem withtoday's car market is car manufacturers know that gas mileage isnot a major consideration when purchasing a new vehicle for manyU.S. customers.

Crunching the numbers.

When you are evaluating a car's fuel efficiency, ask yourself howlong you think you will be driving the car and determine how muchgas will cost.

Let's say you want to get a used car for $5,000 and hope to driveit for 5 years. Below are some 5 year gas cost estimates basedon driving 15,000 miles per year and buying gas for $1.40 pergallon. If gasoline is more expensive than $1.40, the costs willbe even higher.

A Sampling of Used Cars:

1994 Ford Explorer SUV (2WD)5 year gas estimate = $5525

1994 Honda Accord Sedan5 year gas estimate = $3885

1994 Honda Civic DX Sedan5 year gas estimate = $2385

A Sampling of New Cars:

2004FordExplorer 2WD5 year gas estimate = $6175

2004 HondaAccord5 year gas estimate = $3750

2004 HondaCivic Hybrid5 year gas estimate = $2235

2004 ToyotaPrius Hybrid5 year gas estimate = $1910

This is a small sampling of cars but you get the picture. Unlessyou really need an SUV or large truck, you can save a lot ofmoney by buying a fuel efficient compact car. You will sacrificesize and sometimes luxury when choosing fuel economy first. Partof this is because bigger cars and trucks are heavier and willnaturally get worse gas mileage. But it is also a function ofconsumers not worrying about gas mileage when they make adecision on purchasing a new or used car.

A great site for comparing cars fuel economy At you can comparenumerous makes and models of both new and used cars and set thedefault gas costs to reflect the current prices. The numbersabove are based on a $1.40 regular gas price which is really hardto find right now. In the case of the 1994 Ford Explorer youlikely pay as much in gas over a 5 year span as you payed for thevehicle in the first place.

Put fuel economy first and you will find yourself with more moneyin your pocket.

About the Author:Fisher Swanson is a regular contributer to The ThriftyFun.comNews. ThriftyFun publishes information about thrifty living.Send an email to to subscribe toThe News.

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