If you’re going to buy a car there are plenty of things to consider; price, mileage, practicality, price depreciation. In the modern market customers also have to consider how environmentally friendly their new car is.

Hybrid cars are popular for their reduced carbon footprint, but can the switch to hybrid be a logical-sounding but deeply flawed pretext to being green?

Here we look at a few ways in which buying a new car – hybrid or otherwise – could actually not be as beneficial for the environment as we initially thought:


To keep up with the demand in new cars manufacturers must keep up their supply. Designing, testing, building, marketing, shipping and selling a new car means that every new car that leaves the forecourt already comes with an excessive carbon debt. The manufacturing process itself requires huge amounts of materials and resources to construct a hybrid car. These carbon emissions are not taken into account when the car is advertised to the customer as being better for the environment.

Reusing cars currently in circulation is an important part of the green movement. Carbon footprints can be kept low by reusing cars, compared to constructing fleets of brand new ones.

Fuel Saving

It’s no lie that hybrid cars have more efficient engines and lighter bodies, which will reap the benefits when you fill up at the pump. But there are a host of other costs that come with buying a new car:

  • Taxes and depreciation – New cars are an expensive payment; combine that with financing charges and depreciation and it becomes hard to imagine how you are going to start recuperating costs by saving on fuel.
  • Insurance costs – insurance costs for hybrids aren’t as black and white as we imagine them. Costs for new cars can be much higher than when insuring a used car, depending on make and model.
  • Expensive Repairs – Modern car models rely on sophisticated computers that require time, skill and money to repair.

Whilst purchasing a brand-new hybrid car might be the right choice for some, others may find that buying used Nissan cars might be a greener option.