Hybrid cars are great options not only for the devoted environmentalists, but also for those who want to save at least a part of the money spent on gas. Hybrid cars are the most efficient for in-city driving, because the frequent use of acceleration and break is designed to recharge the battery.
However, before you buy a hybrid, it is also important to review the common hybrid vehicle repairs.
- Changing the battery
This operation will likely be required sooner than in the case of a standard car, considering the particularities of a hybrid. You can find an affordable battery for hybrid car make and models at local automotive shops specializing in hybrid maintenance.
- Replacing the oxygen sensors
Oxygen sensors influence the fuel efficiency, by tracking how much unburned oxygen exist in the car`s exhaust. Failing to replace the oxygen sensors will significantly increase gas consumption.
- Replacing catalytic converters
- Fixing leaks in the car`s evaporative emissions system
All these repairs and replacements are significantly costlier than in the case of a regular car, but with a hybrid you will spend far less on gas – at least as long as you drive in the city, because if you get your hybrid our for longer road trips, you will notice its efficiency dropping off.
As about routine maintenance, it is still needed, but some operations such as changing the oil must not be performed that often – which is another money-saving perk.