There are currently 2.6 million zero and low emission cars on the road in the UK. They provide fantastic fuel efficiency and low emissions resulting in less money spent on fuel, tax and congestion charges.

New UK vehicle tax laws will see hybrid and electric cars are on the lowest tax band.

Buying a Hybrid car sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Well before you order a shiny new hybrid vehicle, take a read of what we have revealed from our service and repair data…

According to the Society of Motor manufacturers and Traders, there are 2.6 million registered zero and low emission cars in the UK. Alternatively fuelled and low emission vehicles are even outperforming the wider market when it comes to new car sales.

However, if you are considering buying a Hybrid car, have you thought about how much you will have to pay to maintain the vehicle itself?

To help you make an informed decision, we have compared the maintenance costs of the most popular hybrid car in the UK, the Toyota Prius, with four other similar cars, the; BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo.

Should I buy a hybrid car?

1. Steering and Suspension repairs are significantly more expensive for a hybrid

Steering and Suspension costs of Hybrid vs combustion
When comparing the Toyota Prius with the Audi A4, Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and BMW 3 Series, we uncovered that the Prius costs significantly more than each model.

For steering and suspension repairs, with an average cost of £260.70, the Prius is 38.06% (£99.20) more expensive than the Ford Mondeo (£161.50), 27.77% (£185.70) more than the Passat, 27.68% (£188.54) more than the 3 Series and 22.18% (£202.90) more than the A4.

2. The Prius is on par with a BMW 3 Series for Brake and Exhaust Repairs

Costs of a Prius when it comes to brake repair
As you can see, the Prius (£198.18) has similar repair costs when compared to the BMW 3-Series (£197.09) for
Brakeand Exhaust work.

However, it is staggeringly more expensive than the Mondeo (£167.12), Passat (£172.48) and A4 (£178.57).

3. Don’t lose your Prius Keys!

Don't lose your Prius keys!
Finally, we wanted to make sure you knew about the MASSIVE difference in price when it comes to security, locking and key repairs.

As you can see, there is an astronomical difference between the Prius and the other models.

The average price of repair for the hybrid is £328.95 while the other models have an average cost of;

Passat – £92.70
Mondeo – 107.30
A4 – £117.52
3-Series – £130.63

The bottom line is, don’t lose your Prius keys!

Hybrid or Combustion?

Never discount the impact of service & repair costs when considering to purchase a new car. Although you may be saving on, fuel, tax and congestion charges by owning a hybrid, there are some repairs that you will paying a higher price for.

To discover more data driven insights on cars being driven in the UK read one of WhoCanFixMyCar’s other reports.




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