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Is your car more clunker than classic these days? Are you turning up the radio in order to tune out that ominous rattle? It’s probably time to treat yourself to a new car. If the price of repairs keeps climbing, some new wheels are definitely in order.

Purchasing a new car can be overwhelming. There are so many choices and considerations to take into account. But rather than flocking to the first bright, shiny, and gas-guzzling vehicle you see, consider investing in an eco-friendly vehicle instead— going green has great benefits. For one thing, it’s kinder to the environment with cleaner emissions. A hybrid’s fuel-efficiency will mean your car needs to be refuelled less, saving you a pretty penny on gas.

Clearing the Smog: 6 Emissions-Reducing Features to Look For When Car Shopping

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Speaking of gas, there are plenty of guzzlers out there— vehicles with poor emissions ratings, high pollution outputs, and terrible gas mileage. Here’s some advice— familiarize yourself with gas-guzzling and environment-polluting models before you set foot on a car lot, so you know what to avoid. Some other important things to keep in mind is your price range, fuel efficiency, and size of the car you want.

So you’ve chosen the perfect car— only trouble is, the only model available has to be shipped to you. When buying abroad and shipping your vehicle back to your home base, research enclosed auto transport services for more insight into the average cost of shipping a vehicle cross-country. When buying cars from out-of-state, keep in mind that emissions testing protocol is different for all states— make sure your new wheels fit the bill. Here are some features to look for when car shopping.

Hooray for hybrid engines

Hybrid cars run on both traditional fuel and on batteries. When the car is idling, the batteries are in play, and while accelerating, good ol’ gas is being used. These switches between fuel sources means excellent gas mileage.

Consider the color

Did you know that the AC doesn’t have to work as hard in a lighter colored car? As funny as it seems, it’s true. So when picking cars, consider the color— lighter colors mean less temperature that your car has to work against, saving you both energy and maintenance bills.

Low weight is the way to go

When your car weighs less, it takes less fuel for it to get up and go. Lightweight materials also mean better mileage. So check your chassis— is it made of clunky steel, or lightweight and aerodynamic aluminum?

Air filtration systems

On the road, there is a lot of pollution— not to mention the dust that gets kicked up from the road, along with all the pollen and pollution already present in the air. Many cars come with medical grade filtration systems that can help filter out all the unwanted contaminants from the air— leaving the cabin of your car comfortably clean.

Safety first, last, and always

Being on the road also means being at risk for crashes. That’s just the way things are. It’s best to plan for the worst, and get the absolute best safety systems your money can buy. Things like inflatable rear safety belts, back up alerts, and collision detection could save you from a crash.

Manual transmission models

An automatic transmission does it’s best, but can’t predict the terrain or understand the little intricacies of the road like you can. Consider switching to a manual transmission— you can improve your gas mileage as well as feel good about your environmental impact.

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