Hybrids The truth Behind Them

Green CarThere is no denying that there has been a shift in consciousness regarding leaving our carbon footprint on Mother Earth. This is most apparent in the automotive industry, hybrids and electric cars are being mass produced because there is a demand for them, it is as simple as that. So, let’s talk about hybrids. What are the benefits? Well, first and foremost, yes the environment and secondly your wallet. Win win. Some may say that you have to give up performance in order to get in good with mother nature. Myth? Well, that depends on the type of hybrid you want. If you want the top of the line then you will indeed not have to sacrifice horse power but will sacrifice their efficiency. When the first hybrids came out you got a great deal when it came to going to the pump and great gas mileage but now, you either get one or the other.

So who buys hybrids? Well, as most trendsetters will tell you, it starts at the top which is why most of it comes from the A-listers of Hollywood. Actors such as Cameron Diaz have been seen rocking the hybrid. Taking care of the environment is not only necessary but very cool.

There are also those who say that hybrids, let’s say the Toyota Prius for example are not all they are cracked up to be. When it comes to the carbon footprint that this car leaves it begs to reason that this refers to the car as a whole. It is common belief that when a car is considered to be environmentally friendly it is from the point you purchase it forward. This however is not the case, it has been discovered that the Prius for example requires a lot more energy to construct the parts needed to make it an environmentally friendly. This car model has nickel- metal hydride batteries and it consumes so much energy to produce that the carbon footprint it leaves is substantial even before you own it. The manufacturing phase of these hybrids is not something that most people take into consideration but it is an important fact to consider. Now lets consider what more upscale hybrids offer and if the environmental impact and the impact to your wallet are worth the investment.

Confusing? Yes it is, because some cars that tend to be higher end give you great performance but their MPG is not impressive to say the least. Most hybrids on the market do just fine, but here we focus on the ones that are surprisingly non- green. According to most reports it is close to 80% of Americans who’s main concern is gas mileage, let see if these numbers are worth the hefty investment.

Hybrid cars cost more, compared to a similar model that might come in hybrid or regular manufacturing models. Most of these cars especially the higher end models in theory offer some of the advantages of a hybrid at a glance until you start to analyze the actual data. There are also some cars that are considerably cheaper with slightly lower MPG but then again at what point does it become cost efficient to pay less and receive a slightly lower MPG over time?

Hybrid cars weigh more than regular vehicles. How does this affect you in a practical manner? It means that if you are interested in performance then this here is a big red flag. Also, lets talk about battery packs and what happens when they need to be replaced? Well the truth is the first hybrids came out in the 1990’s and even though they have amazing warranties, sometimes even going so far as to extend past most common car warranties there is not enough empirical data to say with certainty just how long they will last.

Considering that the winters here in Houston are more mild then lets say Siberia, this reason is important to note regarding battery efficiency in cold weather. Batteries discharge much faster in the colder weather, why? Because when it is cold you need the heat on in the car to be comfortable and therefore it will effect your cars efficiency and fuel mileage.

The last reason for which hybrids may be more of a complication than a relief is because the recharging systems in public areas are not at full functionality. This is specifically for PHEVs or Plug in electric vehicles. Some bigger cities have them, but smaller towns do not and what do you do then? You have a car that is totally unpractical.

What is most important when considering buying a hybrid car is to do your research. You need to put into perspective what you gain for what you are paying for. If there are less and less advantages for the amount of money you will be investing in your car, then maybe it is not the best investment you can make in the moment, a hybrid might not be for you.

Beware Buyers & Sellers of Cars

car used salesperson selling old car as brand new

When it comes to used car dealerships, There is a stigma usually attached to them, but not every used car dealership has to be an uncomfortable experience. At Car Snappy we pride ourselves in getting you the best price for your used vehicle, we pay cash for cars.

There are certain tactics that some used car dealerships tend to use, when you go to buy or sell your car.  Tactics that make the whole experience somewhat uncomfortable. People who go to buy/sell their cars are usually in need of a good reliable vehicle.

What they don’t need is to be manipulated into purchasing something they did not want. HEre are some common issues that some used car dealerships and their employees might try on you.

There are some tactics that they use, tactics they can try on you, here are some examples to look out for:

When a used car salesman asks you as you are ready to leave the lot…

•    “What If i can get you the car for this price…(then they would offer a very reasonable price)… asking if you would buy it then?

This is called lowballing it and doesn’t mean that the car is being sold at that price. What it does mean is that they are trying anything they can to get you to stick around.

•    Some people try to skip steps by calling and asking what the trade in value of their car might be.  If you call regarding the value of your car, what we recommend is to do some research, get to the dealership and get an appraisal on the actual value.  It is important to not assume the value of a vehicle that has not even been seen. It is impossible to give an exact value estimate without having a professional appraise it.

•    If you see ad after ad for very inexpensive cars, so you call and are told that these cars have just been sold, or that it is in process, then…it is usually not true.

then this is a tactic that many companies use to bait you into stopping by.  If a deal seems too good to be true, than it usually is.

•    Do your homework, Read the disclosure, find out if there is some fine print regarding downpayments or a dealer fee.  These hidden costs can make your buying experience a negative experience, leaving a sour taste in your mouth when it comes to future purchases.

What we recommend is the following, here are some Questions to ask before you head out in search of your new vehicle:

•    Call the store, do you have the vehicle still in stock, vehicles like this that are still in stock?
•    Make sure you have choices

You get a price and then that price changes because of less than stellar credit, no dealership can take a fee that a bank is charging and add it to your price.  Once you have a signed buyers order the price cannot be changed and should not be.

Go somewhere transparent, go to someplace reputable.  Do not go after fake inventory, no hidden fees.  Buying or selling a used car should be a pleasant experience, not a stressful one.

3 Ways To Save Money When Buying A Car


Buying a car can be stressful for many people.  However it does not have to be.  There are some true and tried ways of making this experience as easy as possible.  Here are our suggestions for making this an awesome experience.

• Find out what others are paying for the same new or used car, there are apps called “true car” and use it to negotiate.  Leverage for lack of a better word.  If you know what your car is worth, an idea of what you can sell it for then you can have more basis for position.  If you are selling a car to a dealer per say you can have a general idea of what the trade in value of your car would be.  If you are buying a car then you can have a better idea as to what the car goes for.

• When it comes to the best day for you to go buy a car, then Saturday is usually the worst day of the week. Why is this true?  Because of several reasons, the first the lot will be busy, that means that any sales person you speak to might be distracted.  Might feel a sense of pressure to rush through your sale to attend other customers. Also, the other reason is that most people work during the weekdays, 9-5 and therefore their weekends are sacred.  Unless you are a gear-head and love cars, the idea of spending one of your two free days dealing with car salesman is probably not high on your list of priorities.

• The best time of the month to get a new car is towards the end.  Go to your local dealership because there is usually an end of the month quota for many car salesmen, so you may get a little extra taken off the top.  Thus allowing some wiggle room when it comes to getting a few dollars off your car purchase.  There is more pressure from their sales managers to meet their sales expectations.

What we want is for you to have the most information so that you can to make a smarter car buying experience.  When it comes to selling your car, that is where we come in.  At Car Snappy you will get cash for your car so that when it does come time for you to buy your new or used car you can get the best and most useful information.

Whether a new or used dealership, the managers all have their sales quotas to meet, this seems to be quite universal.  Therefore this information remains pertinent. The most reliable way to ensure that you get the most off your car purchase is to arm yourself with information.  Get your credit score, get an idea as to what financing you may be eligible for, that gives you leverage.  Get an idea as to what cars you may be interested in purchasing, those that you can afford, figure out what they are going for otherwise. That way when you arrive at a dealership you will know if the price that is displayed is accurate or within the ballpark.

Beware of These Scams in Houston When Buying A Used Car

Beware of scams in Houston when buying a used car

Have you ever tried to buy or sell something online? The answer is probably yes. Well, as you may have learned, sometimes what people say they are selling and what you actually buy can be dramatically different things. Beware of Scams in Houston when buying a used car. There are also scammers lurking on the sidelines trying to make a quick buck, from you, from anyone and anywhere they can.

As time passes and technology continues to advance, it becomes easier and easier to partake in this internet phenomenon. Jobs exist today that didn’t 30 years ago, in the same way that selling cars is dramatically different than it was in the past. In the past few years, selling your car or buying for that matter has increased on the web. Said scammers post listings for non existent vehicles, people wire money, make deposits and you are a victim of a scam. This happens all over the world and it also happens in Houston, Texas USA.

Believe it or not a large percentage of fraud found online is in the auto industry. What we offer is a solution for you to outsmart the fraudulent few that are trying to take advantage of you, the consumer. Ha! Let them try, here is what to do to avoid falling victim to fraud.

1) Get information on the car itself
This translates into asking for a Carfax report, verifying the vin number and making sure that it belongs to the car in question. Ensuring that you will not be given a vin number for a Ford Explorer and have it belong to an Acura Integra. There are companies that provide free information regarding flood damage, etc. Also, ensure that besides the vin number pertaining to that car, model, year and color, that the license plate and registration match the person and state that is claiming to own it. Some people will post listings for vehicles that are non-existent, a deal that is too good just to get information from buyers. This happens all the time on Craigslist for example and also for apartment rentals.  They gather your information when you call and then try to sell you something else.

2) Breathe 
When you want to a car that is out of state and is being shipped – do your homework. Get the shippers number and confirm that your vehicle is indeed there, going to be there or there is some confirmation that it will be received. Something, because you need to secure your investment. Don’t let yourself be pressured to wire money or make a deposit in order to get your car shipped out. This may seem logical but you would be surprised how many people put their blind faith in someone over the phone, because they seemed genuine.  It’s not personal, it’s business and as a business person you should not pay for something you do not have.

3) Use your phone
If the person you are trying to purchase the vehicle from refuses to take your calls or is not available to talk, that should send up some red flags. Believe it or not, by speaking on the phone you can get information and a feel for the person with whom you are doing business. This accomplishes two things, it lets you know when you call that they are serious about this sale and are responsible because they take the time to answer any questions that you may have.  If you have ever had a job interview and at the end the interviewer asks you if you have any questions – your mind draws a blank.  Of course afterwards, you think of a million things you want and need to know.  The same happens when your emotions might be making the decisions for you, so having a number to call and ensure that all your questions get answered as soon as they arise is always best.

4) Check all the facts
There are times when sellers blur out the image on the license plate, this is done for two reasons. The first reason is to hide something, to be shady and to try and cover something up. The second would be because they are using an older photo that may have a blurred license plate for a past listing. Ask them to take a recent image of the car and to include the license plate. This way you can confirm that it is in the state that they say it is- It’s an exercise in trust. Also, it means nothing to show someone a picture of a car that is 4 years old when the car was brand new and have it not be representative of what the car looks like today.  Time can change things, just look at your picture from 4 years ago. See my point?  You need to ask if the images were taken recently to get the most current information.

5) Keep your money where it is
If the seller is legitimate, you will be asked to pay with a credit card, bank deposit, Paypal or what have you. If they ask for something to be done via Western Union or some sort of wire transfer that is not through the safety of your bank, it is the same as sending them cash. This is shadier and more doubtful that they are honest and may want to scam you out of your money.

What is most important is to remember that if someone wants to sell you a vehicle, you have the power, you are the buyer and you have the money that they want in exchange for the vehicle that they are selling you. You have to be smart about whom you do business with. In Houston as in other large cities there are people who give selling/buying a car online a bad wrap. Why not sell your car with people who will not scam you? A company that will be honest and real and will be as honest with you as you are with Them?  Welcome to Carsnappy.com – we are different, we offer you a chance to have faith in selling  your used car for cash in Houston, Texas.  We are here, just for you!