Believe it or not a used car can still be fuel efficient. You just have to work with the right car dealership. Nowadays, used cars can be as reliable as new ones. There are a lot of dealers in Canada today that examines a used car first before putting it up for sale. Meaning, vehicles that have too much engine and performance issues will most likely be “rejected”.
This generation of used vehicles are tough contenders and can still compete with their brand new cousins especially in terms of fuel efficiency.
Study Up and Learn About Fuel Efficient Car Models
First and foremost you should know which cars are manufactured primarily to be fuel efficient. If you don’t know this aspect, you will have a hard time looking for a fuel efficient-used car. Most cars today that have a good reputation when it comes to fuel efficiency are models such as Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf. As you know, these are hybrid cars that are really tailored to be efficient.
For instance, the Nissan leaf is purely a plug-in electric vehicle, the same goes for Toyota Prius. These car are not only fuel efficient but also energy efficient. Meaning, they can convert chemical energy to electric energy very efficiently that analysts estimated it to have a 90 percent efficiency rating! Of course, there are also traditional cars that is considered a fuel efficient vehicle.
Moreover, Toyota launched a Toyota Certified Used Hybrid Program. Its main purpose is to evaluate cars that have a mileage of less than 85,000 miles, put it through a 160-point internal and external component inspection and an additional 14-point inspection of the car’s hybrid components. If it passes with good rating, it is awarded a 3 month warranty (or 3,000 miles). Honda also employs the same program.
Talk to Your Car Dealer about Fuel Efficient Used Cars
Needless to say, you car dealer is an expert when it comes to cars. If you have good connections with your dealer, ask him for advice and recommendations. Tell him exactly what you are looking for so that he or she can help you out. Direct inquiries to your dealer is the fastest way of doing research.
Take it Out For a Test Drive
After you have done a good amount of research and asking experts for advice, the last and most important thing that you should do is a test drive. Buying a car is a personal experience and what can be more personal than testing out on the road itself. Never buy a car that you haven’t tested out.