Is the 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid a Good Buy?

February 15, 2013

2003 Honda Civic HybridI know that hybrids are all the rage these days but are they really worth buying?

Take for instance a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid with 90K miles on the clock. Assuming the car is in good condition the average price from a private party is around $5500. It gets 39/43 mpg.

Now take a normally aspirated 2003 Honda Civic EX with 90K miles. A car in good condition will command around $5800 from a private seller. It gets 26/34 mpg.

Though the hybrid is a few hundred dollars cheaper and gets better gas mileage, is it a better buy?

2003 Honda Civic EXIn the short term you will see some savings because of the hybrid’s better fuel economy.

In fact, you’ll see savings until your next appointment with the mechanic.

But you’ll probably want to call your local Honda dealership because Al’s garage shop probably won’t have a clue on hybrid cars.

We all know how much dealerships can charge too.

So which car is the better buy? Of course it’s the Civic EX. It gets up to 34 mpg which isn’t too shabby. Parts are readily available because Honda makes about a million of these cars.

It’s no wonder that the Civic Hybrid’s resale value is so low. Nobody wants to pick up someone else’s problem. Especially a car with a battery that is ten years old.

So don’t jump on the hybrid bandwagon just yet. Unless you’re driving over a hundred miles a day, a compact gasoline car will do just fine.

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