Hybrid vehicles seem to be coming on and off fashion. At some point all you hear is how great they are and how much authorities, manufacturers, drivers and insurers love them. Then everything seems to quieten down for a while. If you have one of them you probably have your own reasons. You may be loving it or hating it but you have got to insure it.
These cars are built for two main purposes. The first one is the fuel economy. They can use two sources of energy that allow people save money and go as far as they want. They are installed with batteries to store electric energy and use it to run. Where the battery runs out they can use traditional fuel sources. As electricity is cheaper than gasoline this is an economical solution.
Second purpose is related with the first one. The electric is a clean source of energy. They do not emit carbon dioxide into the environment and therefore highly favored. Particularly large cosmopolitan areas like to clean the air in the city. The more cars run in electricity (or even natural gas) the better. City councils convert their own vehicles to run on natural gas to clean up the air in the city.
Owning environmentally friendly autos can be good enough reason to get discounted car insurance rates from some companies. This is the strongest point of hybrid vehicles and you can make the most of it since you have one. Owners are advised to explore this angle first and see if they can save some money.
Unless you find a company that likes the type of automobile you drive it may even be more expensive to insure hybrid cars. Not every company likes them even though they would not put it that way. Some of the models concern underwriters. Essentially, a car should be reasonably cheap to repair when they get involved in accidents. Also they should be able to stand well in crashes. On both count these environmentally friendly vehicles may not do that well. They are built lighter and some parts may not be as common as other automobile parts.
Furthermore, some of them have security issues for the pedestrians. They run so quietly that insurers worry people around will not notice they are coming. This increases the chances of people stepping in front of them especially people with hearing and eye sight problems. If a pedestrian is run over the liabilities can be substantial for companies to pay. These problems are being dealt with in the new models with artificial noises to alert other road users. That would take at least one load off the minds of insurers.
As always, motorists are advised to look around carefully for the best deals available to them. Some companies may like certain vehicles or drivers for whatever reason and offer them great rates. The opposite is true as well. If you want the best auto insurance quotes you need to work for it a bit. The easiest way of doing that is getting several quotations and comparing them. It will be clear to you if the company likes what they see or not.