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What is a hybrid car service?
A hybrid car service isn’t very different from how you would service a regular car. Both hybrid and regular vehicles need routine maintenance and inspections when it comes to the engine, tyres and other mechanical or electrical components.
When you take a car in for a service, a mechanic will run through a list of at least 60 points they need to check. This will help them assess the condition of your vehicle and if any additional maintenance or repairs are required.
In order to safely work on hybrid vehicles, mechanics must receive training on how to work with special safety and high-voltage systems. After the necessary training has been completed, they can be considered hybrid car specialists.
Hybrid car service average costs and prices
Due to the fact that servicing a hybrid vehicle is very similar to servicing a regular car, there isn’t much price difference for hybrid car services. On average, a hybrid car service booked on WhoCanFixMyCar will cost around £118.83. Just keep in mind that the actual cost of your service will depend on several factors such as the make and model of your car.
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Common hybrid car repairs
During hybrid car servicing, your mechanic will check for any routine issues or problems that need to be looked at further. Some of the most common issues hybrid car owners face are:
Hybrid car battery replacement and disposal
Evaporative emissions system leaks or failure
Oxygen sensor replacement
Catalytic converter replacement
If this all sounds like gibberish to you, that’s okay! You don’t have to know what the specific issue with your hybrid car is as your mechanic will examine it and take care of this for you.
If you notice things like you’re using more petrol than usual, your car battery runs low more often than expected or weird noises, be sure to schedule a service for your hybrid car as soon as possible.
The average cost of a hybrid car battery repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £118.83. With the volume of hybrid car's soaring in recent years, so has the demand for hybrid car servicing. This service contains much of the same assessment areas as a standard petrol or diesel vehicle, with the addition of check ups such as hybrid battery health check, cables checks and charging port checks.Can include
- Hybrid car servicing
Hybrid car battery repair
The average cost of a hybrid car battery repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £119. Hybrid vehicles rely on both a fuel engine and an electric battery to power them. So if there’s a fault with a hybrid car battery, it will need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to keep the car running.Can include
- Inspection and diagnosis
- Hybrid car battery repair
- Hybrid car battery replacement
The average cost of electric car servicing booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £112. Servicing an electric car involves different checks from a regular petrol or diesel car service as there are different components involved. An electric car service generally requires a mechanic with specialist knowledge of electric vehicles.Can include
- Interim electric car service
- Full electric car service
What does a hybrid car service include?
Typically, all of the usual mechanical checks needed for a regular car service apply to a hybrid car service. This includes checking the steering, brakes and lights. But there are a few additional things mechanics need to keep in mind for hybrid cars – for example, special battery components and regenerative braking systems (a regenerative braking system uses energy from braking or slowing down to recharge your battery).
Just like with regular vehicles, you can get a full service or an interim service carried out on your hybrid car. A full service is usually carried out once a year, while an interim service is recommended six months after a full service for cars that are driven more than 6,000 miles during this time.
During an interim service, a mechanic will carry out more than 30 checks. This will usually include checking your hybrid car for:
Charging port and cable malfunctions
Check high voltage cables and connectors
A full service, on the other hand, will include more than 60 checks. A mechanic will normally check all the things we’ve listed above, plus:
Brake fluid levels
Fan and alternator belts
Engine oil and filter changes
Pollen and air filter checks
Just bear in mind that exactly what’s included in each can vary from garage to garage.
When do I need to service my hybrid car?
You should service your hybrid car every 12 months or every 12,000 miles – whichever comes first. If your car covers a particularly high number of miles (normally more than 6,000 every six months) then it’s also recommended to get an interim service between your full services, at the six month mark.
While you’re not legally required to service your car, it’s in the best interest of your personal safety, and the safety of other drivers, for you to keep your car regularly maintained. Plus, regularly servicing your car can save you money in the long-term. A service will catch any small issues with your car that could become more costly if untreated. So, it’s a great way to nip small problems in the bud before they cost you money!
What impacts the cost of hybrid car servicing?
The total cost for hybrid car servicing depends on many factors. The main ones are what issues (if any) are spotted during your service, what parts are needed to repair those issues, and how much labour is needed for the repair. Some other factors that might affect the total price include:
Age of the car
Hybrid car service versus MOT cost
Generally speaking, an MOT test is cheaper than a hybrid car service. The reason is that when getting an MOT, your mechanic is simply checking whether your vehicle is safe to drive.
During a hybrid car service, on the other hand, your mechanic will also check for any issues that may prevent your car from lasting as long as possible. Plus, they’ll conduct general maintenance such as replacing fluids.
Though it’s only recommended to get your car serviced, we highly recommend taking your hybrid car in for servicing on a regular basis. A service is a much more thorough inspection of your vehicle that will allow a mechanic to catch any potential issues nice and early, before they develop into expensive problems.
Getting your hybrid car service and MOT together is also an option. By getting your hybrid car service and MOT together, you can have peace of mind that your vehicle is running on the road in the best possible condition. In fact, many mechanics and garages will offer you a discounted package if you get both a service and MOT done at the same time, so this can be very cost-effective.
Find hybrid car specialists near you
You can get your hybrid car serviced or repaired in almost every city. With hybrid cars becoming a more popular choice for UK drivers, more and more independent garages offer hybrid car services by certified mechanics.
As a helpful tip, independent garages tend to be cheaper than dealerships. So, if your car isn’t under warranty and you’re not required to go to the dealership for services and repairs, an independent garage may be the better option for you.
If you’re unsure whether or not the garage you want to go to offers hybrid car services, feel free to reach out to them directly. If you’re not sure where to start, WhoCanFixMyCar can help you find reliable mechanics and garages for a hybrid car service near you.
Get your hybrid car serviced at home
Mobile mechanics are a convenient choice for routine car maintenance and repairs as the mechanic comes directly to you. Plus, mobile mechanics often offer cheaper prices than garages as they don’t have the overheads associated with working from a fixed location.
Most mobile mechanics will be happy to carry out a car service at your home. However, not every repair is able to be completed by a mobile mechanic. So, if your service throws up any more extensive issues with your vehicle that need to be fixed in a garage, you may still need to take your car in.
Do hybrid cars need servicing?
Yes. Hybrid car servicing isn’t a legal requirement, but it’s recommended that you service your hybrid car on a regular basis. This way, you can spot any issues with your vehicle before they turn into more expensive problems.
How often does a hybrid car need servicing?
Hybrid cars need to be serviced just as often as regular cars — around every 12 months or every 12,000 miles – whichever comes first.
What maintenance does a hybrid car need?
General maintenance for a hybrid car doesn’t differ much from regular cars. You should make sure to regularly check and maintain things like tyres, gearbox, battery, electrical components, filters, and so on.
Are hybrid cars more expensive to service?
The cost of servicing a hybrid car is slightly more expensive on average than the cost of servicing a regular car. On WhoCanFixMyCar, the average cost of a hybrid service is £118.83 while a regular car service will cost you around £175.95.
How do you service a hybrid car?
Maintenance work, like replacing fluids and filters are relatively easy and can be done by yourself, a friend or family member. However, we advise to always seek out a professional garage or certified mechanic for any and all repairs and services.
How much does a hybrid car service cost?
The cost of a hybrid car service depends on several factors. But, the average price of a service is usually around £118.83.