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Are my driving habits compatible with an Insight?

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After spending hours poring over the topics in this forum, I'm beginning to wonder if I really should be considering an Insight.

I average about 7,000 miles of driving per year. My commute is currently a mere 14.5 miles round trip and I often bicycle to work.

Many of you have looong commutes and Insights with six-digit mileage on their odometers. Would it be harder on the battery packs and electric motor if an Insight had lower mileage, and perhaps frequently spent five days in a row sitting idle in a garage?

The other concern I have after all this reading is that there seems to be wide variations in prices paid (although maybe this is normal--never studied vehicle prices outside beyond a local market) and availability. There are a few new and used Insights in my area, all CVTs. I credit this to the fact that the people knock each other over to get Priuses.

My primary motivation was that I promised myself I'd get a hybrid next car when Insights weren't available yet in '99 and I don't need to seat four with four doors--rather have a hatchback, even a smaller one.

Thanks for all the great advice offered so far!
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Short commutes like yours are extreme conditions for a gas engine. The engine will not get up to full operating temperature even in the summer. (don't believe the temp guage, it's designed so you don't worry about things like this).
If I were you I would consider taking a scenic route to work, that's what I did when I used to live 2 km from work and I didn't feel like walking or biking to work in snow.
With short driving it's important to follow the time interval for maintenace instead of mileage.

With your habits buying an Insight does not make economic sense but don't worry when 99% people choose a vehicle to buy they don't make the most economic decision anyways. For you buying an Insight and driving it is making a statement and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Nothing wrong with those reasons.
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