Hybrid car servicing: Dare to leave the dealership?
Cost effective hybrid repairs
The other day I was out running errands when I noticed a sign in the window of a Pep Boys for repairing hybrids.
Have you had your hybrid repaired outside of your dealership?
Today, there are many new instructional courses for hybrid repair, although the amount of hybrid trained mechanics is still under-supplied. Nonetheless, many independent auto repair shops do have the necessary training and experience for hybrid repairs. In fact, in recent years a few independent, hybrid-only shops have opened up near hybrid hot spots, such as San Francisco.
For most, however, such hybrid garages are not a possibility, but something like a Pep Boys might be, and according to research from the likes of AutoMD, for example, avoiding the dealership servicing department is a good way to save money.
Of course, while taking your old clunker to a Pep Boys garage might seem like no big deal, taking a new hybrid to such a place is certainly a bit more disconcerting. I, for one, have not yet been able to think beyond my dealership.
Have you had any good or bad experiences having your hybrid serviced outside of your dealership?