What happens when your hybrid needs service?

What happens when your hybrid needs service?

Summary: Here's something I haven't had to worry about: When your hybrid car is feeling blue instead of green, where do you go to fix it?Are you forced to pay the dealer service fees or are there respectable organizations emerging to make this a niche specialty?

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Here's something I haven't had to worry about: When your hybrid car is feeling blue instead of green, where do you go to fix it?

Are you forced to pay the dealer service fees or are there respectable organizations emerging to make this a niche specialty?

Check out this informational video segment from PodTech about a repair shop called Pat's Garage in San Francisco.

I know, if you live outside the San Francisco Bay Area, you can't take your hybrid there. But if you're car shopping and want to better understand the possible foibles of your choice, you might want to give this segment a listen.

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  • Been there, done that ...

    The problem is worse. Years ago Mazda built cars with a Wankel rotary engine. The primary benefit of rotary engines were that they used many less moving parts, hence, less wear, etc. Unfortunately, there was huge hype about gas mileage that proved to be untrue. When people realized the cars only got ordinary mileage sales basically died although the engines were reliable, etc.

    So, purchasers wound up with vehicles that no one could service. What happens in a few years when hybrid technology changes and the "old school" mechanics are handling gas or diesel and the "new breed" of hybrids (whatever that will be) but not the "old breed" (current) hybrids?
    Rick_R
    • Re: Been there, ...

      "What happens in a few years when hybrid technology changes and the "old school" mechanics are handling gas or diesel and the "new breed" of hybrids (whatever that will be) but not the "old breed" (current) hybrids?"

      thats a good question! kody


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      kody390
  • Automotive Racism!

    Green seems to be the new race card to pull in the automotive industry.

    Alani
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