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What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Hybrid Car?

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Hybrid Car?

Today’s post reviews some of the major advantages and disadvantages of hybrid car ownership, then explains how our technicians can help you optimize the pros and overcome the cons with expert repair, upkeep, and recommendations.

Read on to learn more, or call (905) 627-3355 to speak directly with a hybrid service specialist in Dundas, ON.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Hybrid Car?

Hybrid Vehicle Advantages (And How To Add Even More Value)

  1. Hybrid vehicles are more environmentally friendly. According to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada’s (TRAC) 2018 Omni Report, nearly all (90%) drivers believe they have a responsibility to protect the environment by ensuring their vehicles are as fuel efficient as possible, and hybrid vehicles make it easy to meet these sustainability goals.To that end, hybrid vehicles offer greater fuel efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions, less fossil fuel dependency, and regenerative braking technology, which uses braking energy to recharge your high voltage battery.
  2. Hybrid vehicles require less maintenance. With a high voltage battery pack shouldering the burden of your daily drive, hybrid engines experience far less wear-and-tear, which translates to lower repair costs over time. One report by the 2 Degree Institute estimated that hybrid vehicles reduce maintenance costs by 71% over the life of the vehicle, and when you choose Eccles Auto Service to keep your ride in shape, you can save even more with competitive pricing, one-stop shop savings, and a generous 20,000km / 1 year warranty on all parts and labour.
  3. Hybrid vehicles use less fuel. Hybrid vehicles are designed for maximum fuel efficiency. On average, hybrid vehicles consume approximately 50% less gas than their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. By keeping on top of your hybrid vehicle upkeep and finding fuel-efficient tires with our Online Tire Finder, you can save even more.
  4. Hybrid vehicles have higher resale value. Hybrids typically sell for more than their ICE counterparts, and resale values are trending upwards as more people opt for fuel-efficient vehicles. However, if you want the best possible price, you’ll need to keep on top of your hybrid maintenance, and our hybrid specialists are here to help.

Hybrid Vehicle Disadvantages (And How To Overcome Them)

  1. Higher purchasing costs. Due to their higher complexity, hybrid vehicles can be more expensive to buy than their ICE counterparts. 

    Fortunately, you can easily offset these costs over time with the help of a qualified hybrid service specialist. As discussed previously, hybrid vehicles cost significantly less to repair and maintain over the long term, and they also greatly reduce fuel costs. They also come with generous warranties. As long as you stay on top of your hybrid repair and maintenance services, you’ll enjoy a steady return on investment.

  2. Speed and performance. Most hybrid vehicles are designed for maximum fuel efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions, and to achieve these goals, some performance features may be sacrificed. Unless you’re driving a high-performance hybrid, like the McLaren P1, Honda NSX, or Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Turbo S, your vehicle will probably be slower and slightly less responsive than performance-oriented ICE vehicles.If you’re looking to optimize your hybrid’s performance, keep on top of your vehicle’s maintenance and consider investing in special performance tires.
  3. Fuel efficiency drop-offs. While hybrid vehicles are more fuel efficient than their ICE counterparts, their fuel economy is diminished somewhat in cold weather, where hybrid batteries need more time to warm up, forcing their internal combustion engines to work overtime to bring your heavier hybrid vehicle up to speed.Fortunately, this issue is easy to mitigate. All you need to do is stay on top of your hybrid maintenance and tire pressure checks and give your vehicle extra time to warm up before you hit the road.
  4. Pricey hybrid battery replacements. If you stay on top of your hybrid upkeep, your battery should easily last for 6-10 years or more. But when you need a replacement, it can be quite costly, averaging $2000 to $8000.

Learn More About The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Hybrid Car: Call Eccles Auto Service

To book a free consultation and get answers to your questions about hybrid vehicle ownership, repairs, and long-term maintenance, you can call  us at (905) 627-3355 or fill out our online contact form.

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