You don’t have to be a staunch environmentalist to buy a hybrid car. All you really need is the desire to save money on the cost of gas. If you drive around the city a lot, a hybrid car can save you money. You also don’t have to worry about annual emissions testing in most cities when you re-register your hybrid car. And in some places, if you drive a hybrid car, you can use the HOV lane even if you only have one person. It sounds pretty amazing, but before you buy, you’ll want to look at some of the most common hybrid car repairs. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common repairs for hybrid cars:
The inherent weakness of batteries in hybrid vehicles makes it much more likely that you will need a new battery much earlier than in a standard car. The problem here is that replacing the battery in a hybrid car can cost a lot more than in a normal car or truck.
Oxygen sensors and catalytic converters
Replacing your hybrid car’s oxygen sensors can also be costly, but the loss of fuel efficiency that comes with not replacing these sensors can be just as damaging to your wallet. Oxygen sensors measure the amount of unburned oxygen present in the vehicle’s exhaust, a problem that can significantly affect the gas mileage you get. According to some studies, not replacing an oxygen sensor can increase gas consumption by up to $ 650 a year. Catalytic converter replacements are also common repair problems in hybrid vehicles, not to mention that they are among the most expensive to repair. Some hybrid car owners may have to pay up to € 1,700 to change the catalytic converter. Hybrid evaporation emission system leaks or total system failure are also among the most common repair problems.
The great news about having a hybrid car is that you end up spending a lot less money on gas, as long as you keep most of your city driving. On the other hand, as soon as the hybrid car reaches the highways, its efficiency begins to decline and may even be surpassed at times by traditional gasoline engines. Indeed, on highways, braking opportunities are not uncommon, and hybrids have what’s called a “regenerative brake,” meaning that your hybrid’s battery recharges every time you press the brakes. In addition to not being able to charge the battery on the highway, you also need to carry a heavy battery, so spending a lot of time on the highway can be a double whammy. However, there are many opportunities to save gas.
Whether or not the cost of repairs exceeds the savings you would get from not having to go to the gas station so often depends on whether or not you find yourself owning a hybrid vehicle. Routine maintenance is still necessary, it is not necessary to take the car to the nearest garage to change the oil and replace the air filters, but the oil changes do not have to be done so often, which means a substantial savings. As a general rule, you should always check the ability of a car store to work with your hybrid. Don’t assume that just because you have one, all the stores in your immediate area will have staff capable of serving you. While hybrids are not exactly a new technology, they are still young enough to give you a good reason to choose your car repair shop carefully. Before you show up at the service area, talk to the mechanic of your choice and make sure they are equipped to do any repairs your hybrid may need. This could save you even more money in the end in the cost of repairs.