Now that you know the top 10 green cars of 2009 (despite Ford’s Fusion Hybrid maybe taking over #1), why not back up your green car knowledge with 10 environmentally friendly buying tips for your next vehicle.tips for buying a hybrid carNow that you know the top 10 green cars of 2009 (despite Ford’s Fusion Hybrid maybe taking over #1), why not back up your green car knowledge with 10 environmentally friendly buying tips for your next vehicle.


1. Drive a Hybrid or Clean Diesel – the first step, and a no-brainer, in fuel efficient driving
2. Slim Down on Engine and Options – 4-wheel drive and 3rd row seating make your vehicle heavier.
3. Shut Off Some Cylinders – although it’s only available on a few cars, it may be worth checking out
4. Avoid Air Polluters – the EPA has even put together a Green Vehicle Guide so you can see the worst of the bunch
5. Size Matters – the smaller the car, the smaller the environmental impact
6. What’s It Made From? – a lot of automakers are using recycled or non-toxic materials in their new vehicles
7. Pump Up Your Tires – buying better tires to go with your vehicle means better fuel economy
8. Take a Shortcut – GPS systems show you the fastest way to get from point A to point B – no more wasting fuel driving in circles
9. Look For Awards – there are all sorts of green car awards – do a little research to see what vehicle others think is the cream of the crop
10. Sustainable Business – look into what the factories have done to be green and achieve ISO 14001 certification


Are there any green car buying tips of your own that the list skipped over?

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