Caring for a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

You may be put off owning a hybrid vehicle due to the perceived costs of upkeep, but the truth of the matter is that they’re not that different to maintain than a regular, gasoline-powered vehicle. You do have to be wary of a couple of things, since a hybrid vehicle uses an electric motor and batteries in addition to the gasoline motor, but it doesn’t have to be the chore some people make it out to be. When you consider that the benefits far outweigh any negatives, you realize that both hybrids and electric cars make sense.


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You may be put off owning a hybrid vehicle due to the perceived costs of upkeep, but the truth of the matter is that they’re not that different to maintain than a regular, gasoline-powered vehicle. You do have to be wary of a couple of things, since a hybrid vehicle uses an electric motor and batteries in addition to the gasoline motor, but it doesn’t have to be the chore some people make it out to be. When you consider that the benefits far outweigh any negatives, you realize that both hybrids and electric cars make sense.

Monitoring an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle’s Battery

Batteries are supposed to last the better part of a decade, but performing routine inspection is not a bad idea. They’re a vital part of any hybrid or electric car, so aim to visually check them at least once every month. That way, you can ensure all the connections are tight and there is no corrosion forming on the terminals, the most common cause of battery failure.

Brushes Lifespan

The electric motor brushes may need replacing every 80,000 miles or so, but they’re neither expensive nor time-consuming for a professional shop. If it’s an all-electric vehicle, you won’t have to worry about any type of fluids such as oil or water, so small maintenance work at 80,000 miles suddenly seems like nothing at all.

Post-Collision Maintenance

If your hybrid or electric vehicle has been involved in a crash, it’s important to have it serviced by technicians who are familiar with the specific demands of battery-powered vehicles. Spectrum Collision near Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, CA, has a full staff of qualified technicians who have the know-how to work on hybrid and electric vehicles.

Regular Maintenance

Hybrid vehicles use a regular engine in addition to the electric motor, so make sure to regularly check and top up on fluids and replace them on regular intervals. All vehicles, regardless if they’re gasoline, hybrid or electric, require suspension, brake and tire maintenance, so make sure you don’t skimp out on any of that. Hybrid vehicle maintenance and hybrid car care isn’t that different to regular car maintenance, since electric motors and batteries last for hundreds of thousands of miles before they need replacing.

Car Body Work at Spectrum Collision

If your hybrid or electric vehicle is in need of body work, visit the highly qualified repair technicians at Spectrum Collision in Irvine, CA. We pride ourselves on repairing green vehicles and we’re even a Tesla-certified collision center. Our technicians have been factory-trained and certified to repair hybrid and electric vehicles from a variety of manufacturers including BMW, Tesla, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Visit us today in Southern California and you’ll be glad you did!  


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