I am looking to buy a used HCH and went to test drive on the other day. When starting to move it "jolted". It felt like someone dumped the clutch on a standard. (its an automatic). It did this basically ever time I started to move from 0mpg.

Also i noticed when i started to slow down and gently touched the brake it would jolt in the same manner.

I asked the owner and he told me it was a normal hybrid thing and starting was because it was switching between gas/electric and then slowing down was to charge the battery.

I believe that hybrids do those things but I didn't know if it was supposed to jolt when it did it.

Can someone please tell me, is this normal for HCHs or is it a bigger problem, like the transmission?