Saturday we went out and bought a 2020 plug-in hybrid – a Kia Niro. I am disappointed that our \”cash\” didn\’t stretch so we could buy it outright but we used it for a hefty down and financed $9640.00. A large portion of that was all the fees. $200 for Cal Vehicle License, $207 for Registration, Sales Tax, Document Processing Fee, an electric vehicle registration fee, smog abatement fee, and a rubber tire fee. Blah Blah Blah…
The payment is low. I haven\’t paid that low of a car payment since 1984 when I bought my Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon! We hope to be able to pay it off after the federal tax credit when we file in 2022. That is $4543. We will get a $1000 credit from our local electric company. Right now, the California rebate has no money and there is a waiting list. As soon as it is funded, that is worth a couple of thousand. There are some other rebates available as well.
I am most impressed with the gas mileage. They filled it up with gas for us and so far, I\’ve only been driving around using the electric. It has a 26-27-mile range which is perfect for us around town which is 90% of all our driving. The husband used a little gas when he gunned it, to get on the I-5. Every time you break or idle, it charges.
There are still some unknowns – I don\’t know how much my electricity will increase. I could call and find out just haven\’t yet. It doesn\’t matter really – you have to pay someone to make your vehicle go. It is what it is – Saturday\’s gas was at $4.01 a gallon for regular unleaded. We filled up the van on Friday. Ouch.
I added it to the auto insurance and I haven\’t heard what the additional amount will cost – but once again that is with any new vehicle. It always goes UP.
Everything else on it is fine. We didn\’t get the one with leather seats. Why? So our dog can tear it up? Plus we don\’t need it. No moonroof either. After driving the van – since 2015 exclusively we realize what is necessary and what is not. For us, it was 100% economy. It\’s quiet and clean.
I like it.