Buying a pre-loved hybrid car? Here's what to take note of
Buying a pre-loved hybrid car seems like a good and affordable option in the current market. There are many choices for Lexus hybrids, Honda and Toyota hybrids that you can get at a good price (depreciation of 5-9k range) and still have the benefit of saving on petrol costs.
However, many still know that after buying a second-hand car, you may have to look out for additional repair costs for parts that need replacing due to wear and tear.
For those of you thinking of buying a pre-owned hybrid vehicle, the hevshop team would like to give you some pointers to check to ensure that the ride you're buying would last you a long time (Even worthy of renewing COE). So that you can enjoy those hybrid vehicles perks of saving fuel costs without having to pay more later on for repairs.
1. Check the health of the hybrid battery
The heart of the hybrid vehicle is its most important part. And that is the hybrid battery pack. A pre-owned hybrid that has a hybrid battery that has lasted 6-7 years should get its condition evaluated to check if it is still in optimum condition. However, it may be difficult to evaluate the vehicle as you would need specialist tools and diagnostics to scan the hybrid battery pack.
Hevshop uses special hybrid diagnostic tools to evaluate your hybrid battery
At hevshop, hybrid specialists use the manufacturer's diagnostic software to check the temperature, voltage, and resistance of the hybrid battery pack by its individual modules. Hevshop specialists use a special load test on the battery using proprietary software and factory equipment to determine its actual working condition.
This will help you to find out the precise condition of your hybrid battery pack. Hence you would have greater access to information that would allow you to decide on whether the hybrid car you wanted to purchase is safe as well as giving you greater assurance of it working properly.
2. Check the hybrid cooling system
At most times, the hybrid vehicle's hybrid battery does not last long due to exposure to unnecessary and excess heat deteriorating it faster.
To prevent your hybrid battery from taking on unnecessary heat damage, the second most important thing to check in the hybrid vehicle is whether the hybrid cooling system is functioning properly. This will allow you to ensure that your hybrid battery pack can last a long while. This is especially important as damage done to the hybrid battery by heat is irreversible. A quick check using the manufacturer's diagnostic software can provide you with information about the hybrid cooling system.
3. Evaluation of other special hybrid components
The hevshop team is able to further evaluate other hybrid components of the hybrid system ( e.g Front motor test, hybrid transmission test, high voltage cable inspection) such that you can have the full assurance of driving a safe vehicle without having to worry about repair costs popping up to you.
Full Pre-purchase Hybrid Evaluation Service
Thinking of purchasing that pre-loved Hybrid but unsure of the repair costs and state of the vehicle? We encourage you to use our full hybrid evaluation service which would allow our hevshop team to help inspect the hybrid vehicle on your behalf. A detailed Evaluation & Diagnostic report will be given to you once the service is completed.
FAQ on Hybrid Battery replacement:
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Evaluation Service Centre : 6352 9268 ( hevshop @ Sin Ming)
600 Sin Ming Ave, CityCab Building Level 3 Service Centre Singapore 575733
Directions to our Hybrid Specialist Center can be found in the link below