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image Last weekend, my parked Audi was hit by a speeding vehicle.  The damage was pretty major: body, mechanical damage, and a bent frame.

Thankfully nobody was hurt.

Yesterday, my insurance carrier has declared the car a total loss.

It was in good condition with only 48000 miles on it.  I planned on keeping the car for a few more years. 

These things happen.  On to plan B. 

But I am irked about the timing.  I planned to make my next car a hybrid.  Gas prices have spiked.  Hybrids have gone up in price and I understand that some models have wait-lists.  For example, if I want a Prius, I might have to wait months.

Now what do I do?

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    Jason Etheridge wrote @ June 25th, 2008 at 1:42 am

Given the state of the auto industry, I’m thinking one more “traditional” car–as fuel efficient as possible, possibly diesel–may be the way to go. Rather than get a hybrid now, most of which seem a little dodgy, bide your time until decent plug-in hybrids or fully electrics are available. That’ll require the requisite breakthroughs in battery technology, which are coming slowly but surely, but it’ll still be several years until they’re affordable (as well as actually worth driving).

In the meantime, another European or a Japanese model could tide you over.

    Robert W. Anderson wrote @ June 25th, 2008 at 9:30 am

Thanks for the input, Jason.

I have gotten a fair amount of input from people on this, but it is generally followed with an offer to sell me their car. Um, thanks, @oaktowner.

The key to my original plan was that I would have waited a few years until there were better eco-friendly options. I probably would have gone for a Prius by default, but am leaning towards your suggetion. I might even go for a late-model used car. A used fuel-efficient car may be a good stop-gap between now and when fuel efficiency goes way up.

Another idea I heard last night was to buy a $900 car. I think I’ll pass on that one, @cansmith. I didn’t find out if he was selling one 😉

    Dan wrote @ July 29th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I looked at hybrids 18 mos ago. Went with the standard Civic. I get 40 mpg on the highway, and don’t have to worry about battery life……..

Good luck.

    Robert W. Anderson wrote @ July 29th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I’ve been really enjoying riding my bike instead of a car, but that isn’t really tenable in the long run. I think a non-Hybrid model is probably the way to go, and we are thinking about a Honda actually. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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