You’re being green when you buy a used car!

Earth day was last month, but any time is a good time to be thinking about how you, as a consumer can be green and more earth friendly.

If you have to drive for your commute and errands, you are probably aware that your vehicle lets off pollution each time you drive.  Some vehicles, such as hybrid vehicles have lower emissions, but no car, at this point doesn’t have some emissions.

So if you’re thinking now might be the time to buy a more efficient vehicle, but can’t quite stomach the cost of a new car, here’s a new perspective.  When you buy a used car, you are ‘reusing’ a product, in this case a car, that has already been manufactured.  It goes back to the three R’s we learned about when young: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Even when manufacturing fuel efficient hybrid vehicles there are emissions during the manufacturing and assembly process.  Not only are resources needed from petroleum products for plastic pieces as well as metals to make the frame, along with oil and electricity for running the machinery to build the parts.

So as Wired magazine wrote, “Ditching your gas guzzler is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, but if you really want to do something about global warming, get a used car. You’ll be putting less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

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