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Hybrid Car Maintenance: 3 Major Differences

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Since the early 2000s, hybrid vehicles have become a valuable part of the car market. Modern hybrids have proven to be less expensive, more reliable, and longer-lasting, making them an excellent purchase for the eco-conscious driver.

There’s never been a better time to purchase a hybrid than the present, and you might find yourself contemplating a hybrid, wondering what the maintenance differences are between a hybrid and a fuel car. The team at Naylor’s Auto Repair has been working with hybrid vehicles since they first came to the market, and we've put together this list so you can see, at a glance, some of the major differences to hybrid vehicle maintenance to help you learn more about the long-term benefits of owning a hybrid:

1. They Have Extended Brake Pad Life

Modern hybrids are equipped with a regenerative braking feature. Because of this feature, a hybrid’s brakes experience less friction and heat, which are the primary contributors to brake pad wear. If you find yourself in stop-and-go traffic on a consistent basis, this feature is an incredible benefit for you.

2. They Need Fewer Oil Changes

An electronic engine experiences less wear and tear than a fuel engine. For a hybrid driver, it means there is less chance of engine failure and extended time between necessary oil changes. Depending on your driving style and driving frequencies, you could go between 5,000 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. Along with the monetary savings, it's just nice not to have to schedule oil changes as often. If you really miss this opportunity to see your favorite mechanic, you're always welcome to stop by the shop just to say hi!

3. They Don't Require Ongoing System Maintenance

Most hybrid vehicles aren't going to require any system maintenance on the hybrid componenets. The gasoline components may need some, but because those parts are less active than a traditional car, you'll find that they need much less attention. While this might be considered a difference versus traditional maintenance, the key takeaway is that a hybrid is not going to require any special maintenance on those specific components. 

What Do Warranties Cover?

The majority of hybrids include warranties that cover the hybrid system from anywhere between 8 to 10 years. The specifics that your warranty covers is entirely dependant on the manufacturer, but you can typically expect your warranty to cover hybrid-related components in addition to the traditional coverage types (basic, powertrain, and so forth). The only engine component that is not subject to this is the battery, which will need to be replaced after a specific number of charges.  

Maintenance for a hybrid is very different from a fuel car, so working with an experienced hybrid repair company is critical. If you are in need of maintenance for your hybrid, contact Naylor’s Auto Repair today!