Shopping for a green car? Ask these 5 questions

Shopping for a green car? Ask these 5 questions

Car buyers going green to save gas or reduce their impact on the planet find themselves with a growing number of options — and features to consider. That includes fuel economy, performance, various technology that makes the car greener, and even roominess — especially for electric or gas-electric vehicles with batteries requiring extra storage space — says Brian Seufert, a consultant for highly rated Blossom Chevrolet on North Shadeland Avenue.

“A 5- to 10-minute test drive ... that’s not enough time,” says Mike McArdle of highly rated Tom Wood Toyota on Lafayette Road. To make an informed decision, experts say, start by checking general reliability reviews and EPA ratings online, and ask these questions:

1. What’s the gas mileage?

2. How do emissions compare with similar non-green vehicles?

3. If it uses electric power, how far will the vehicle go on a single charge; any backup?

4. What’s the warranty on this car and battery?

5. How is the manufacturing process greener than competitors’?

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