One of the most common anxieties that hybrid owners — and potential owners — have is the failure of the hybrid battery. Hybrids have been becoming more popular, with over 2.1 million sold in 2012 in the U.S. alone. This is partly because of the impressive fuel economy and partly because of a green consciousness, but something that hybrid owners still struggle with is the thought of hybrid battery replacement. Here are a few things you’ll need to know.
1. When You’ll Need Hybrid Battery Replacement
The first thing hybrid owners should know is when they’re going to need to replace their batteries. A hybrid battery warranty is going to vary depending on the state it’s in, but it’s typically about eight years or 100,000 miles. Studies have shown that hybrid car batteries can fail as early as six years, but how long a battery will last can actually depend on a number of different factors.
2. The Cost of Hybrid Battery Replacement
If one fails before the hybrid battery warranty, a hybrid owner shouldn’t have any issues getting it replaced. Beyond that, the cost of battery replacement really depends on the make and model of the vehicle. Additionally, there are a few different options for battery replacement which can affect the overall price of it.
3. Your Options for Replacement
There are a few different options these days for battery replacement. Of course, there is always the dealership, but we all know how expensive the cost of parts and labor at a dealership can be. A more cost-effective option is to look into third-party aftermarket providers. Hybrids have been on the American market for over a decade now, which has led to a number of different providers of batteries that are better performing and longer lasting than they used to be.
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