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How To Tell If Your Hybrid Battery Is Dying

the mechanic checks the battery with a meterCars that run on hybrid batteries operate differently than standard cars do. Your hybrid car will give you plenty of warning signs when it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. However, if you aren’t familiar with the warning signs, you might not realize there’s a problem until the day your car refuses to turn n.

Signs that your hybrid car battery is dying include:

  • Your internal combustion engine kicks in often.

  • You’re getting worse mileage per gallon.

  • Your battery is having difficulty holding a charge.

  • You hear strange engine noises.

Hybrid batteries do not last indefinitely. Most batteries will die after somewhere between eight and ten years of use. If your battery dies under eight years of use, it might be covered by warranty. Outside of that, however, it’s generally your responsibility to cover the cost of fixing it.

What Happens When A Hybrid Car Battery Dies?

man is pushing the carIn many cases, hybrid cars have two batteries: the hybrid battery, and a smaller battery to operate electronics in the car. If the smaller battery is dead, there’s no problem - it can still be driven.

However, if your hybrid battery is dead, you face a much larger problem. You may wonder, “if my hybrid battery dies, can I still drive the car?” The answer is no. Your car will not turn on and you won’t be able to operate it until you repair or replace the battery.

Replace Or Sell A Hybrid Car With A Dead Battery?

the woman wonders scratching her head, on the wall behind her painted arrows protruding from her headIf your car’s battery is dead, you need to replace it. However, this doesn’t always make financial sense.

A new hybrid battery generally runs between $2,500 to $8,000 depending on the model, making it an expensive piece. Cost-wise, replacing the battery is equivalent to replacing the engine or the transmission.

You can also get a refurbished battery for between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the model. In many cases, these provide a guarantee similar to that of a new battery.

If your car is relatively new and still has a high resale value and the cost of replacing the battery is on the lower end, then it might be a good idea to invest in a replacement. Doing so may get you several more years of use out of the car, or you can resell it for a good price.

However, if your car’s value has depreciated significantly, repairing the battery may not be a good use of your money. This is because you will not get a return on your investment. Chances are, other parts of your car will begin dying soon afterwards, and this will not be your last pricey trip to the mechanic.

In that case, it’s time to consider selling the car as-is.

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Where To Sell A Hybrid Car When Its Battery Died

dismantled cars stacked on top of each otherThere are still plenty of options for selling your non-running hybrid car with a dead battery. You can use the funds you get from selling the car, combined with what you saved from not buying a new battery, to purchase a newer vehicle.

You can sell your car to:

  • A dealership

  • A junkyard or scrapyard

  • A private individual

  • An online car buyer

If you want to replace your car as soon as possible, trading your hybrid into a dealership may be a good idea. However, due to the high cost of repairs, you might get a low trade-in value for the car.

Junkyards and scrap yards specialize in tearing apart vehicles and reusing the components and metal inside. You can be paid for the scrap metal value of your car if you sell to them. It is a good idea to get different quotes from yards near you to determine what your vehicle is worth.

Many private individuals in your area may be interested in purchasing and fixing up a hybrid vehicle. In some cases, this is the best way to get the most for your car. However, this depends on demand in your local area. It can take several weeks to months to complete a sale privately.

The fastest way to sell your non-running car for a fair price is to go online. Online car buyers can offer you quotes in a matter of minutes and typically include free towing so you do not have to worry about the cost of transporting it. However, not all online car buyers are alike.

Why Sell Your Non-Running Car To CarBrain?

Satisfied woman with a raised thumb, sitting at the table on which there is a phone and a laptopCarBrain specializes in buying less-than-perfect cars. With over a decade of experience, we know how to determine a fair market value for your vehicle, no matter what condition it’s in. We can generate a quote for your non-running Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf or other hybrid vehicle in under 90 seconds.

Additionally, our offers always include FREE towing and FREE title transfer. There is never a charge to use CarBrain’s services — we pay you, not the other way around. Our offers are guaranteed for seven days, so you have time to think it over. And if you like our price, we can help you schedule a pickup in under 48 business hours, allowing you to get paid fast.

How To Sell Your Non-Running Hybrid Car To CarBrain

To sell your non-running hybrid to CarBrain, all you have to do is:

  1. Click “get offer.”

  2. Fill out the form.

  3. Get your quote!

To get a guaranteed quote fast, upload photos of your vehicle in its current condition and its VIN. Once you have our quote, you can decide whether or not you want to sell. If you like our offer, we can help you schedule a pickup at a time convenient to you.

The tow truck driver will arrive with a check in hand. All you need to do is hand over the car keys and sign the title, and you’ll be paid on the spot. It’s that easy!

Don’t wait any longer. Find out what your car is worth today by getting a quote from CarBrain. We’re the modern, safe and easy way to sell your non-running vehicle for fast payment.

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