Hybrid cars have long been a favorite of eco-conscious soccer moms and hipster cool kids, but these days they’re more popular than ever. In 2012, more than 4.5 million hybrids were sold the world over. People love hybrid fuel economy, the sleek designs, and the thought that they’re doing their part to help the environment. Though they are becoming more popular, there is still one common concern about these cars. Battery replacement. Here is a short guide to hybrid battery replacement.
1. When will my battery fail?
It’s hard to say exactly when a hybrid battery will fail. It’s important to know that there are two batteries in a hybrid car (which is why it gets such good fuel economy). One is a 12 volt lead-acid battery that is found in most vehicles, which can be replaced in most cases for less than $100. The hybrid battery on the other hand, is usually a little more pricey. The warranty for these is generally around 100,000 miles or eight years.
2. What are my options for replacement?
When the hybrid battery does fail, there are a few different options for replacement. First of all, you don’t necessarily have to get the battery completely replaced. There are a couple of methods of hybrid battery repair, like reconditioning or remanufacturing. Additionally, if you do choose to purchase new, you aren’t limited to having to get the battery from a dealership since there are other third party providers these days.
3. Is hybrid battery replacement really that big of a deal?
When it comes down to it, hybrid battery replacement just isn’t as big of a deal as it used to be. Sure, it’s still a little pricey, but the number of options and increased competition in the market is driving costs down. Furthermore, batteries are manufactured to perform better and last longer than they used to.
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