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I want to buy a hybrid car November 23, 2004 2:01 PM

I want to buy a hybrid car but am poor (I am disabled and currently cannot work) But I am looking for creative ways to raise money to buy a hybrid car. I was wondering if there are any benefits or handouts the gov. gives if you buy a hybrid or extremely fuel efficient car (they give tax breaks and pay for almost half of the cost of installing solar panels in MD and CA) I looked at what is rated as the "best hybrid in 2005" its a Honda I think - and the price is outrageously high and I looked at the target audience... "upper middle class male making $100,000 a year" WTF!... Subtract a zero there and thats about what I make a year. So I am looking for creative ways to raise money so I can own a hybrid. Any ideas? Also I am working on starting a nonprofit and one of the ideas is to construct a fundraising effort and to have people turn in their old cars and to help them pay for a hybrid or better yet have a drawing once or twice a year and someone could win a hybrid. We need to find a way to bring these prices down because I see way more Hummers than Hybrids on the road.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 29, 2004 8:02 PM

I'm not trying to be sarcastic in saying this, but take public transportation if you want to save the money to buy a hybrid. Hybrids still run on fossil fuels and create some pollution. You do get a tax deduction on a hybrid from the federal government--$2000 for this year but US automakers and oil companies are trying to get rid of it. This only helps if itemize your taxes, of course.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 06, 2004 8:53 PM

Elizabeth brings up an interesting point. I think more people need to evaluate their need for a car. More people should walk, ride bicycles, take public transportation, and carpool. Your non-profit idea is interesting, though it would take tons of work. Also, I'm not sure if you could use it to get yourself a car, even though you're just trying to help the environment. If you could figure out how to persuade people to buy hybrids, that would decrease the cost as automakers started making more hybrids. Keep working towards your goals.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 06, 2004 9:50 PM

I agree with the idea that people ought to evaluate their need for a car; unfortunately, our society does not provide any incentives to get along without one (except perhaps in NYC or SF). Jobs, businesses, just about everything expects you to have your own form of transportation to get around (esp where I live, in NM), and are not too ready to make accomidations to help with the extra time or effort it takes to get around via public transportation. It is a awful pity, in my opinion. I noticed, however, that Diane mentioned she was disabled. I don't know the form of the disability, but I do know that being disabled can make public transport or bicycling (aka most car alternatives) extremely difficult. Whereas alternatives like that might only involve extra time and excercise for me, they can be potentially rather physcially painful affair for anyone who has a physical disability/injury, and they can also potentially exacerbate to whatever injury/disability that person currently has (which is the _last_ thing they need) (FYI, several people I am very close to have physical disabilities). If excercise or walking in general causes pain, public transport is not a plausible option. Anyhow, I'd like to buy a hybrid, too, someday, but I won't be able to afford one for a long time, either. And considering how influential the oil industry is in our government (particularly considering who's currently in office) I doubt any real price-drops or incentives are going to come out any time soon. But best of luck with your quest, anyhow, I hope you make it!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 07, 2004 3:33 PM

Thanks for catching me, Kendra, on aking public transportation if it is plausible. I grew up in the Midwest in a town with zero public transportion besides shuttles for the diabled (maybe? seems right), so I understand that it isn't even potentially feasible. I think many people don't even consider public transportation as a viable option when they have it. It my town at night I see the buses running back and forth completely empty.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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