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Survey says mileage is king for new car buyers

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According to a new Consumer Reports survey, when it’s time to buy a new car, shoppers are placing more of a premium on higher gas mileage than on a vehicle’s overall quality.

As reported by the Huffington Post, the survey, which is the latest from Consumer Reports National Research Center of car owners, found that more than one-third (37 percent) of those polled said that fuel efficiency is the most important factor when buying a new vehicle. The second most popular choice, vehicle quality, lagged behind at only 17 percent, with safety just behind quality at third, scoring 16 percent of the vote.

Still, it’s mostly about gas mileage for new car buyers. Two-thirds of those surveyed expect their next car to have at least the same if not better fuel efficiency than their current mode of transportation. 60 percent of the respondents were willing to give up some size and vehicle capacity in exchange for that higher fuel efficiency rating.


Ebay introduces new site for green vehicles

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It was announced late last week that online auction/shopping site eBay has launched eBay Green Driving, a new site devoted to eco-friendly vehicles. As reported by Inhabitat, the site is more than just a portal for buying and selling electric vhicles, hybrids and “greener cars,” but also an educational resource for gathering a trove of information regarding more sustainable vehicles.

“The site is a one-stop-shop for all things related to green driving. It helps inform shoppers with news, data, and research tools, and with eBay’s vast inventory of new and used vehicles,” said Brad Berman, eBay Green Driving expert to Inhabitat. “In a single site, users can learn about fuel-efficient vehicles, find those vehicles, and make a purchase. There’s demand for this type of inventory among both cost- and environmentally-conscious drivers, especially as gas prices remain high.”