So....anyone else ready to rob a convenience store? For GAS? Seriously...when it costs me over $70.00 to fill my van...I'm ready to try anything.
I drive a lot. On Wednesdays, we put an average of 180 miles on the van. That is a lot of money flowing out of my tailpipe.
We are now starting to consider alternative fuel vehicles. We played the hybrid game, with the Toyota Prius, but hated the costly monthly payment. I've started looking into natural gas cars, because Utah has quite a few natural gas filling stations. Apparently we are one of the only places in the United States pushing these alternate fuel options. I really could go anywhere in Utah, and find a filling station. While I'm currently paying $3.59 a gallon for fuel now....I could be paying $.64 a gallon for natural gas. No, I didn't forget a number there...really...$.64 a gallon. I could fill up for a fraction of the cost that I am paying now.
The cost of the vehicles isn't that much, either. Granted, I'm looking at used ones, but they are quite affordable! I know that our mini-van isn't going to fit our family forever...the kids are only getting bigger. I have found a few 9 or 12 passenger vans that are no more than $7,000. They might not be the prettiest thing on the planet, but they aren't going to cause pointing and staring either.
Add on top of that, the Utah tax credit of up to $3000 when you buy one of these cars...and the deal is sounding sweeter all the time.
If we switched to one of these cars, maybe we could go on vacation this year. Right now, there is no way that we could afford it. We can't drive anywhere. But, with the natural gas, it would be an option.
IF...we vacation in Utah, that is.