MO Lawmakers Hope to Credit Hybrid Cars

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Tuesday, March 28 2006 Mar 28, 2006 Tuesday, March 28, 2006 9:13:07 PM CST March 28, 2006 in News

Hybrids require the same maintenance as regular cars, but get better gas mileage. And, dealers claim, hybrids handle just as easily.

"It's actually very responsive," said Ron Braselton of Albert Buick Honda. "It's actually, I think, as responsive as the regular, four-cylinder car, maybe even a little bit more so."

Hybrids cost an average of $2,000 more than gasonline-powered cars. Critics said that's the main reason more people don't buy them. Now, Republican Rep. Dave Sater of Cassville is sponsoring a bill to give hybrid buyers a $1,500 income tax credit, or 10%.

"I am very concerned, not only about our use of foreign oil and fuel and, of course, we've all seen gasoline prices go up," he explained. "And these hybrid vehicles do decrease fuel consumption."

Sater's bill motored smoothly through committee with no roadblocks and is expected to merge onto the House floor next week.

An existing federal tax credit already seems to work. Sales people said customers specifically buy hybrids because of it. There were no hybrids on the Albert Buick Honda lot Tuesday because the dealership said it sold them so fast.

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