Originally Posted by jc76
I would recommend you do more research on the Hybrid though, any brand of hybrid. They are crazy expensive to repair and seem more likely to malfunction. Also many shops wont even work on them and the (to me anyway) the gas mileage gain is not enough to justify the burden that comes with an Insight or Prius.
Sorry, but you lose a lot of credibility with those statements, none of which are true in the least. Hybrids are no more costly to repair or maintain than a conventional vehicle. You could argue the cost of replacement batteries over time, but depending on where you live, the warranty can cover those components for up to 15 years and 150k miles, far longer than most people keep a car. Even then the cost of replacement batteries is not nearly what people believe them to be.
On the failure front, hybrids are no more prone to failure or malfunction than any other car. Failures in the actual hybrid system are extremely rare to the point that they are less likely to occur than an engine or transmission failure in a regular car.
As for shops not working on them, that's another myth. There is no danger to working on a hybrid. If a shop refuses to work on one, they either have zero knowledge of the car and think they can't or they lack diagnostic tools.
You are right that the overall cost of a hybrid has little justification relative to another more efficient vehicle. In fact the Corolla vs. Prius comparison won't even begin to pay off over 10 years unless gas hit ~$6.50 a gallon.