Car repair for hybrid cars
With hybrid cars you get the benefit of two sources of energy for your car, gas and electric. The kind of repairs you might need will depend on the type of hybrid you have. A mild hybrid uses both gas and electric for power, the gas powering the engine when the car is being driven or accelerated, while the engine saves gas when you are braking, cruising or stopped. A full hybrid relies almost solely on the electric power, while giving the driver the option to use gas. Each type will require unique repair services.
When it comes to hybrid car repair in Lombard and Wheaton, IL, make sure to bring your car in to J1 Auto Repair. Our ASE certified mechanized are well trained to handle both types of hybrid cars. Call us at 630-932-4427 to find out about all of our services.
Hybrid car repair cost
Overall, basic repairs for hybrid cars are about the same as regular cars. In fact, regular maintenance costs tend to be a little lower for hybrid cars because the gas engine gets less wear and tear. Brakes also tend to get less wear on hybrid cars. Of course, some components like the battery may cost more to repair or replace, especially if the part is no longer under warranty.
Costs, of course, will vary, especially depending on where you take the car for service. J1 Auto Repair repair services are always an affordable option.
Both hybrid cars and standard cars have sophisticated auto-electric systems that will also require regular maintenance and repair.
Hybrid car repair tools
Because they operate on both electric- and gas-powered engines, hybrid cars will require special tools for repairs not normally used on regular cars. Electrical testing equipment like multimeters and circuit testers are necessary and it’s a good idea to use insulated tools to protect against shock. Electrical safety gloves should also be worn.
Do hybrid cars last as long as regular cars?
In general hybrid cars do last longer than regular cars and generally get longer warranties than regular cars. Much of this is due to the lower wear and tear on major components like brakes and engines. At the same time, as with regular cars, your driving habits will affect how long your hybrid will last. Upkeep is also important for hybrid cars and they need to be maintained regularly.
What are the disadvantages of a hybrid car?
While hybrid cars have advantages like being environmentally friendly and regenerative braking systems, they also have their disadvantages over regular vehicles. Because of the dual engines, the gas engine is usually smaller in hybrid cars and has less power and not suited for speed or acceleration. Your initial investment into the vehicle will also be substantially higher. Most hybrid cars cost $5,000 to $10,000 more than regular vehicles. Handling can also be a problem for hybrid cars. The presence of high voltage batteries can also be dangerous for drivers and passengers when there is an accident.
Are hybrids more reliable?
As with standard vehicles, reliability will differ from car to car with hybrid cars. Overall, most consumer advocates say hybrid cars are at least as reliable as standard cars, and some brands like Toyota and Lexus tend to get highly ranked for reliability. Other brands have problems with batteries, especially in older model cars. As manufacturers work out the kinks, hybrid cars are expected to become more and more reliable.
Is it worth buying a hybrid car?
Whether it’s worth buying a hybrid car will depend totally on the consumer. Hybrid cars on the initial investment cost more than standard gas vehicles, but in some cases you can get tax rebates for buying a hybrid. Smaller engines mean less power so hybrid cars are generally best for driving in the city. They also tend to last longer than standard cars and get longer warranties. And, of course, hybrid cars are environmentally friendly, so if this or any other aspect is important to you, you may find buying a hybrid worth it.
Does hybrid really save money?
Hybrid cars can save you money, especially on fossil fuel consumption since the gas engine is smaller. Maintenance and repair costs are about the same, though in some cases you’ll save because there is less engine wear and brake wear. Repair costs may be high in some cases, especially because it’s hard to find qualified mechanics to repair hybrid cars. You never have to worry about qualified mechanics when you choose J1 Auto Repair for repair services. On the other hand, as mentioned, you may pay more for the hybrid than you would a standard vehicle.
Hybrid car brands
There are several brands of hybrid cars that have come on the market in the past few years as their popularity spreads.
Here is a list of some popular brands and models:
- Toyota Prius
- Chevrolet Bolt
- Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Honda Accord Hybrid
- Kia Optima Hybrid
- Ford Fusion Energi
If you are looking for someone who services all makes and models of hybrid cars in Lombard and Wheaton, IL, J1 Auto Repair has highly qualified mechanics on duty. Give us a call at 630-932-4427 for service options.