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Advice - to buy or not buy Camry Hybrid

Old 05-10-2018, 01:01 PM
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According to this Toyota warranties the Hybrid batteries, along with other Hybrid electrical components for 8 years, or 100,000 miles. In California this is increased to 10 years or 150,000 miles by government mandate. So they are trying to get people to buy into these things. But it doesn't change the fact that once they get past the warranty, they're all but worthless.

And I agree about government subsidies for companies who buy these things. Without them they wouldn't. One of the largest cab companies here in Phoenix almost exclusively uses the Toyota Prius. You can bet they are getting relief from the additional cost by tax subsidies. On the home solar market, the tax subsidies ended this past year. I read where they expect over 80% of the home solar companies to fold up once this takes hold. People will have no reason to buy into these expensive, complex systems that do not deliver that much savings. Same deal, the break even point is too far into the future. Because of this California is FORCING all newly constructed homes to have solar systems built into them by 2020.

They estimate this will cost between $8K and $12K per home. (Depending which article you read). Not exactly what you want to do to a housing market that people are having a difficult time affording to buy into as it is. Not to mention a job market that is disappearing daily with layoff's and companies moving out of California because they're currently being taxed to death.
Old 05-11-2018, 01:09 PM
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Your trying to debate with city hall who have been influenced by lobbyist, special interest groups, politics, idealism, money, power and greed.

The solar bill is complicated in its details. It doesn't mandate each new home have solar panels. 8$-12$K is cheap for a solar panel system but then the laws solar KW requirement is low.

One will still need energy companies who will be getting less income due to selling less power. They may be wanting to pass the negative savings (rate increases) onto those who don't have solar.

Plus all this power will come during the day unless suitable storage can be developed. California could end up with a glut of daytime power.

Do agree that for small businesses, California can be a very tough environment.
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