Keep Your Hybrid Running



Keep Your Hybrid Vehicle Running


You’ve decided to invest a good chunk of change in to a hybrid vehicle in hopes that you will save money in the long run.  Fuel consumption, engine wear and environmental impact are all areas where a hybrid vehicle is supposed to show improvement.  So what could possibly go wrong?


Just like gas engine powered vehicles, hybrid vehicles are subject to breakdowns.  Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, our goal is to not only fix common maintenance issues at a much lower price than competitors, but also to educate our customers about the important issues so that they can fully understand the work being done on their vehicle.


With these goals in mind, here is a short list of tips to keep your Hybrid Vehicle running for the long run:


  1. Change Your Oil and Filters


Hybrid vehicle owners should not neglect the standard practice of oil and filter changes.  Similar to regular gas engine cars, hybrid cars require the changing of air filters and oil. These changes are not required as frequently, but should not be forgotten. Often, the hybrid car only needs to get an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Air filters for hybrid cars should be replaced about every 40,000 miles


  1. Get your Hybrid Vehicle Serviced by a Hybrid Expert

Hybrid Vehicles vary from regular gas engine vehicles and you should always consider a specialty shop over a standard auto shop.  Maxat Hybrid Repair specializes in the maintenance and repair of hybrid cars, from routine maintenance to replacing your hybrid battery.  Our team of experts has you covered at a fraction of the repair cost found at other shops.


  1. Safety is the Most Important Thing to Keep in Mind


When certain lights attempt to alert you of car troubles, do not ignore these as a common issue.  Sometimes, a small issue at the beginning can turn in to a big problem down the road.  The lights are there to keep you safe and by ignoring these lights, you could be putting your life in danger.  Safety is important and car maintenance should not distract you from this fact.


  1. Get in to a Maintenance Routine with Your Hybrid Vehicle

So as not to forget simple maintenance, calculate how many miles you are driving over a month and set calendar reminders on your phone for particular mileage checkpoints.  Setting a reminder at least a week out should give you plenty of time to set and appointment or clear your schedule.

  1. Don’t toss your old battery! Consider maintenance and repair instead

One of the biggest maintenance expenses with hybrid vehicles is battery replacement.  Too often, vehicle owners throw away their battery at the first sign of trouble.  Save yourself some money by checking out alternate means of battery replacement via repair or refurbished batteries.


As always, remember to keep Maxat Hybrid Repair in mind when considering your hybrid vehicle maintenance and repair solutions.  Our team of experts is sure to perform the necessary work at a lower rate than the competitors.  Our goal is to keep you happy as a customer and keep your hybrid vehicle on the road!

Toyota Prius P3030 or P3009 Trouble Codes

Toyota Prius P3030 or P3009 Trouble Codes


Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, we can provide solutions when your first generation Toyota Prius (model years 2001 through 2003) shows either a trouble code P3030 or a code P3009.


Code P3030 means “High Voltage Line Snapped”.  This means there is either a broken or corroded circuit in the harness of your Toyota Prius battery.  Code P3009 in relation to the battery means there is a High Voltage Leak detected.  While these codes or meanings may not make sense to you, surely you are aware that your car is not currently functioning the way it should be.  Hybrid battery problems are costly and stressful as they can keep your car off the road for long periods of time.


While some repair shops will automatically jump to the conclusion that it is time to replace the battery, our repair shop will investigate the possibility of repairing the battery for much less money.  If your warranty has expired, the cost of a brand new battery will be at least $3,000 plus installation costs.  You could save some money by purchasing a refurbished or used battery, but this will still cost you over $2,000 and there is no telling how much longer the used battery will last.


We can repair the battery for much less money.  Our rate for a Toyota Prius battery repair is about $950 with tax at the time of this posting.  While this is not a small amount by any means, it is still much less money than you would pay for a new or used replacement battery.  We are able to save you money by getting to the bottom of the problem and repairing the battery, rather than taking the easy route and replacing the battery like other shops might do.


Car problems come up when you least expect it and vehicle owners often cannot afford a big fix like a battery replacement.  It is good to know your options for replacement or repair.  Research your options before making a decision.  This will likely leave you feeling better that you made the best decision to fit you current needs and budget.  Feel free to contact our shop to see how we can help you out.  As always, Maxat Hybrid Repair will be happy to assist you and get your car back in working condition.

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P0A80 code – Battery Replacement Toyota Prius 2004-2009

Battery Replacement Options for Your Toyota Prius (2004-2009)


When a Toyota Prius hybrid battery official “dies” (sets trouble code P0A80), you should contact our shop immediately to get a quote on a battery replacement option at a fair price.  If you are a 2nd Generation Toyota Prius Owner, you may be reaching the point where your Toyota Prius is experiencing hybrid battery problems.  The failure point of a Prius hybrid battery is more frequent in vehicles over 10 years old and cars with miles over 200,000 are also known to experience battery problems.  At Maxat Hybrid Repair, we offer solutions to get your vehicle functioning properly again at a reasonable price point.


The Toyota Prius is generally known as a low maintenance and reliable vehicle with very little problems.  However, no vehicle is perfect and the Prius does have its flaws in the form of a hybrid battery replacement.  Whether you are planning ahead or looking to fix a dead hybrid battery currently, consider the following options:


Order a Brand New Prius Hybrid Battery from Toyota

The Prius hybrid battery carries a 1 year warranty with Toyota.  If a failure occurs before either of these thresholds, Toyota will replace the battery free of charge.  The problem is that a majority of these battery failures are occurring after these marks.  While various resources are available for battery replacement, a majority of these will be somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 for the battery and installation.


Vehicle owners should run a value check on their vehicle at this point.  Some might realize that replacing the battery with a brand new one will cost close to half the value of the vehicle in resale, depending on the age, condition and mileage.  If this idea bothers you (which is understandable), you may want to consider other options for battery replacement like visiting a hybrid repair shop.


Buy a Used/Refurbished Battery from a Third Party Source

Rather than spending a large amount of money on a brand new battery to place in to your 10+ year old vehicle, consider hybrid battery repair with our shop.  Our shop offers services for your Toyota Prius at a fraction of the cost the competitors will charge you.  Our hybrid repair shop will perform a battery repair for $950 or perform a factory rebuild on the battery for $2,250 as of April 2016.  While the repair or rebuild are not inexpensive fixes by any means, they are significantly cheaper options to fix the vehicle without losing too much value in a future resale.


Know Your Options

Car problems can be a frustrating part of life.  They are bound to happen and vehicle owners often do not have the appropriate funds in their budget for a big fix like this battery replacement.  Warranties do exist on the Prius for a limited lifespan and certified used Priuses will vary on warranties.  Either way, it is good to know your options for replacement or repair.  Run a price check for replacement or repair, check the value of your vehicle and consider the option that works best for you and your budget.  A well-researched decision will likely leave the vehicle owner feeling better that they made the best decision to fit his or her current needs.  Upon reaching a final decision, feel free to contact our shop to see how we can help you out.


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