When it comes to a hybrid battery replacement, there are so many places competing for your attention. It can be hard to know who to trust with your Prius.
I scour the internet and always try to bring helpful solutions to Prius owners. This one I came across while looking for some other Prius parts. It looked like a decent deal, so I dug in to get the details. Here is what I know about the hybrid batteries from carparts.com
New, Used Or Refurbished?
Many places are selling new batteries, and most sell NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride). The reconditioning world for hybrid batteries is massive. Some companies focus on that alone.
Then there are the DIY shops out there that are module swappers that can offer you a battery at a fat discount, but with no guarantee, it will last.
So how do you pick the right one and what one is the right one. Obviously, several factors come into play when choosing a replacement hybrid battery.
Cost. Hybrid owners want to have an affordable option when replacing the battery. Most owners do not want to pay dealership prices at over $3000. The dealer batteries are new and not refurbished, making them one of the better options, but the cost drives most people away.
The most popular option for Prius replacement packs is the refurbished route. Packs that have gone through proper refurbishing can act as a new battery but for a fraction of the cost. The cost, above all, is usually the determining factor in the decision.
The question then becomes: Where can the refurbished pack be acquired, and how can I get it in my car? Good news, I have more information on that.
One More Outlet To Choose From
So far, I have seen refurbished packs go for upwards of $2000. While I was searching the internet, I came across another place, Carparts.com. They offer refurbished battery packs for Prius and other hybrids for a lot less, and their warranty is pretty on par.
For example, a 2010 Toyota Prius battery from Carparts.com is $1,364.99 with an 18-month unlimited mileage warranty. That is pretty darn good if you ask me. I know there are other companies out there offering a "lifetime" warranty, but the thing is, you will have to use that more often than you would like.
Suppose you have to offer a lifetime warranty on your battery to keep your customers happy, in my opinion. In that case, you are not selling a good enough product.
To be clear, this is not a plug for carparts.com, but it is an option that a Prius owner can look at to see if it is the right option for them.
I would personally like to get my hands on one of these units and put it to the test. Real-life testing is the determining factor of how well these batteries perform.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.