Do Hybrid cars save you money?

Many people think hybrid car running costs are higher than ordinary cars and that they’re more expensive to purchase and repair, but this isn’t the case. The advances in technology and the growing popularity of hybrids has brought down the cost so that in many ‘class v class’ comparisons, they are no more expensive to buy and run than their conventional counterparts.

Will a hybrid car save me money?


New Vehicle Excise Duty (car tax) rules came into effect in April 2017 and cars are charged both according to their CO2 emissions levels and their price when new. Petrol and diesel engine cars emitting 99g/km currently have an annual tax bill of £140 to pay, whereas a comparable hybrid pays £130. There are other savings to be had too. In London, for example, some hybrid cars will be exempt from the congestion charge if they emit less than 75g/km.

Fuel savings offer the main savings in running a hybrid, especially in town, as often it drives only on its electric powered engine, using electricity it self-generates in motion. So no fuel is used. This is a massive saving over a long term as fuel in the tank can be ‘eked out’.

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Competitive finance/leasing offer

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Low cost of maintenance and less wear and tear than conventional cars

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High residual values

Hybrid electric servicing costs


In many ways a hybrid car is much the same as a conventional car, the main difference is that it is also able to run on electricity as well as petrol or diesel. This means it also has a sophisticated nickel storage battery and electric engine that allows it to operate purely under electric power without needing recharging.

This specialist technology has been continually refined by Toyota for reliability and performance to the extent that hybrid car maintenance, servicing costs and servicing frequency - are no more than for conventional cars. It costs about the same to service a Toyota hybrid as any comparable car and can be carried out by a Toyota Hybrid Electric Specialist. Toyota’s own Hybrid Electric Service includes hybrid specialist checks.

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Fewer components and less wear than conventional

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Extended battery cover

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Access to cities that restrict particle-emitting vehicles

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Hybrid battery maintenance cost


Every Toyota hybrid comes with a 5-year 100,000 mile warranty which can be extended up to 11 years for free. Every vehicle in our range is serviced by our hybrid electric specialist on an annual basis, supporting you to avoid hybrid battery replacement and additional service costs.

Vehicle emissions charges


London have introduced strict emission charges with the congestion charge, and more recently the T-charge, penalising high emission vehicles charging them daily fees, adding greatly to running costs. Low emissions vehicles such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in are exempt.

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Costs same as conventional

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Majority of the braking is done by the electric motor

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No clutch, alternator or timing belt

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