Hybrid cars and maintenance
Does a hybrid car cost more for maintenance than a gas-only car? No.
For hybrids, normal maintenance processes apply like oil and filter changes, and keeping transmission fluid and coolant at the appropriate level for the engine and inverter. Like any other car with an internal combustion engine, hybrids still need oil changes but may have less cost associated because the gas engine shuts down when the car is idling and at other times. That means less wear and tear on the engine.
Brake fluid and air filters are each regular interval service items that we identify during a comprehensive vehicle inspection that is included with each interval service. Keep in mind the car manufacturers all have preset recommendations which we take into consideration along with service history, current us of the vehicle and goals of the vehicle owner.
Hybrids sold have warranties on the hybrid system that range anywhere from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles and no special maintenance is needed on the hybrid system. One difference to hybrid cars is the battery pack. Most hybrid car manufacturers guarantee their hybrid battery pack for the life of the car (100,000 or more miles) with the warranties on the batteries generally hover around eight years, or longer. But, if you do have to replace a battery pack at your expense, you can expect to pay around $3,000.
Hybrids tend to cost a bit more money upfront, but for general maintenance, the cost is comparable as a gas-only car. Keep in mind that over time without serious malfunction, your overall expenses will be less due to the excellent MPG.
At Sherwood Auto Repair, we maintain and repair all cars. Call today to schedule an appointment
Sherwood Auto Repair
9965 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd,
Tualatin, OR, 97062