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Author's Note: 5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid

Hybrid cars can be great alternatives to conventional vehicles, but people need to realize that they won't solve the oil and pollution crisis overnight. In fact, there are some serious drawbacks to owning a hybrid. I think people are starting to realize this -- a study that came out in April 2012 said only 35-percent of current hybrid owners will buy another one. I guess a greener alternative is to simply drive a fuel-efficient conventional car -- and to walk and take the bus whenever you can.

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