Posted in: Car Maintenance,
by Gregg Laskoski on Apr 16, 2013 06:00 AM
Good news for bybrid owners, without a doubt. But when you see why average cost of hybrid repair went down a bit, it may not be enough to compel you to shop for one...
According to CarMD, their recent nationwide survey of car repair bills has found the average cost to fix regular cars has gone up for the first time in six years, while hybrid car repair costs actually decreased.
CarMD found hybrids experienced a decrease in average cost of repairs. “The most expensive repair in 2011 was ‘replace hybrid inverter assembly’ at $4,098, which decreased by nearly 5 percent in 2012,” wrote CarMD’s researchers. “Hybrid repairs no longer hold the top spot, which is now ‘Replace Transmission Assembly and Reprogram Electronic Control Module’ at more than $5,400.”
This result was released based on analysis made for the time period of Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2012 and it surveyed repairs made by 161,000 ASE-certified technicians.
According to hybridcars.com, it is believed a prime reason hybrids’ stats improved is there are simply many more hybrids on the road. 2011 saw 268,807 hybrids sold in the U.S., 2010 saw 274,763 hybrids sold, 2009 saw 290,272, and 2008 – a year of alarming gas price spikes – saw 314,271 U.S. hybrids sold.
So the rate has been over a quarter million hybrid sales per year for the past several years.
Another reason hybrid repair costs are believed to have dropped is the number of technicians qualified to repair them has increased, as has the number of suppliers of hybrid-specific parts.
As for regular vehicles, contributors to cost increases include the fact more people are hanging on to their vehicles longer. The average age is now over 11 years, and this leads to a higher incidence of “catastrophic” or major repairs which spiked 24 percent in 2012. Also a culprit for higher repair costs mentioned was record heat in regions in 2012.
The researchers also found more vehicle owners are making minor repairs themselves, keeping their cars out of the shop. And, newer cars are making fewer trips to the shop, indicating an increase in reliability.