The cost of hybrid battery replacement in Australia can vary depending on several factors, including the make and model of the car, the type of battery, and the service provider. In this post, we will explore what hybrid car owners in Australia can expect in terms of cost when it comes to replacing their hybrid batteries.
The cost of hybrid battery replacement in Australia
The cost of hybrid battery replacement can range from a few thousand to over ten thousand dollars. This cost depends on several factors, including:
Type of battery: There are two main types of hybrid batteries: nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium-ion (Li-ion). Li-ion batteries used in later model Hybrid Electric Vehicles HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) tend to be more expensive than NiMH batteries used in most HEVs. At Infinitev, we cover 98% of NiMH batteries on Australian roads.
Make and model of the car: The make and model of the hybrid car can impact the cost of battery replacement. There's what's "in the tin" that determine the cost, with some brands using more expensive technology than others. And there's the availability of spare parts that can play a role too. As it can take a long time to get new replacement batteries into the country, the price of what little local supply exists tends to go up.
Service provider: The cost of battery replacement can vary depending on the service provider. It's important to do your research and find a reputable service provider that offers competitive pricing with a quality service and solid warranty. We hear stories of customers buying 'cheap' battery modules, only to be charged hundreds or thousands extra for other battery parts like ECUs, fitment labour and other repairs, recycling, and shipping.
How to save money on hybrid battery replacement
While the cost of hybrid battery replacement can be significant, there are ways to save money on this service. Here are a few tips:
Maintain your battery: Proper battery maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your hybrid battery, potentially delaying the need for replacement. This can include regular battery checks, making sure the fan (air intake) is kept clean, and avoiding extreme temperature conditions.
Compare the total price and warranty: Do your research and compare prices from different service providers, making sure you ask about "all the extras" that could come into play. Look for a provider that offers competitive pricing and has a good reputation for quality work. Anyone who is willing to back their product with a strong warranty stands by their product and service. At Infinitev, we offer no-surprises pricing that covers everything and an industry-leading 3-year/limited kilometre warranty.
Consider rebuilt batteries: Rebuilt hybrid batteries can be a cost-effective alternative to brand new batteries. Refurbished batteries have been rebalanced and tested to ensure they are in good working condition. Check out our range of rebuilt batteries here.