What Does it Cost to Maintain a Hybrid?

Have you noticed how quickly hybrid vehicles are growing in popularity? They offer the promise of greater eco-friendliness without the risk of running out of battery power and getting stranded on the side of the road. When hybrids were first introduced, the batteries alone could set you back as much as $8,000. Now, however, the parts you can find at the best auto parts store are much more affordable. But what about maintenance costs? If you’re interested in getting a hybrid, here’s what you should know about how much it typically costs to maintain one when compared to a regular vehicle.

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Engine Maintenance

A hybrid’s internal combustion engine may be different than a regular car’s, but fortunately, it costs about the same to maintain the two. That is, unless something goes wrong with the hybrid system and the warranty has already expired. In that case, you will likely have to dig deep into your wallet to repair or replace the hybrid system. Most hybrid cars offer a 100,000-mile/8- or 10-year warranty. That’s longer than the standard powertrain warranty of 60,000-mile/5-year.

Back when hybrids were first introduced, hybrid drivers had to take their vehicles to dealerships for service – which is sometimes more expensive than regular mechanics. Nowadays, many mechanics have learned how to work on hybrid vehicles, so drivers have cheaper repair options available to them.

Oil Changes

Hybrid cars need oil changes just like regular vehicles. Occasionally, they will also need to have their oil filters replaced as well. If you’re wondering “what do oil filters do?” they remove contaminants from the oil in your car’s engine. Clean motor oil is essential for proper function.

While hybrid cars need oil changes, they may not need them as frequently as regular cars, especially if you drive primarily as slower speeds. This is because hybrid engines are not put under as much strain as regular car engines when driven at low speeds. If your vehicle uses regular oil, you may want to follow the standard recommendations and get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. But if your vehicle uses synthetic oil, you may be able to go 7,000 miles before requiring an oil change. Refer to your vehicle’s owners’ manual to learn more. If you’re wondering “How long does an oil change take in a hybrid vehicle?” the answer is that it takes about the same amount of time as any other vehicle.

Cooling System

The cooling system in a hybrid car is more complicated than a regular cooling system. That means you’ll need to take it to a skilled mechanic for replacement. It will not only take longer to replace the cooling system in a hybrid car, but it will also probably cost you more than it would cost to replace the cooling system in a regular car.

With a few exceptions, maintaining a hybrid vehicle costs about the same as maintaining a regular vehicle. Hybrids do still cost more up-front than regular vehicles, so it’s important to decide if the gas savings and environmental factors are worth the initial increase in cost.

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