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How Long do Hybrid Batteries Last?

How Long do Hybrid Batteries Last?

Hybrid Car Q&A with Hillside Auto Repair in TorranceQ: Isn't it true that no one knows how long the batteries will last, and that having to replace them could cost several thousand dollars? A: The jury is still out on the longevity of the hybrid battery bank. To date, however, they've proven themselves to be fairly hardy. Toyota is pretty confident; they say that their batteries are expected to last the lifetime of the vehicle, and that lab tests ... read more

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Toyota, Honda, or something else: Which system is right for me?

Toyota, Honda, or something else: Which system is right for me?

Part of our Hybrid Car Q&A with Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance   Q: Toyota, Honda, or something else: Which system is right for me?A: Broadly speaking, vehicles that use Toyota's hybrid system are likely to be better for Los Angeles urban drivers. The one big exception to this rule is Ford's Fusion hybrid, which racks up some remarkable MPG ratings in the city -- 41 MPG compared to 33 MPG for the Camry. Ford's C-MAX Hybrid does even bet ... read more

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Does Car Engine Size Matter?

Does Car Engine Size Matter?

Hybrid Car Q&A with Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance Q: Does car engine size matter? A: According to cartalk.com, today's conventional vehicles are vastly overpowered. A standard sedan typically has a 200 horsepower engine. Every once in a while, you'll use that power to pass someone on the highway. However, for the vast majority of driving we do, you're actually only using 30 to 40 horsepower. No kidding. Here's a shocker: Because carmakers consistently ... read more

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Hybrid Car Q&A with Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance

Hybrid Car Q&A with Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance

Here's the first in a series of commonly asked Questions about Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs).   Do you have a question we haven't answered? Please post your question on our Hillside Auto Repair Facebook page or Private Message us there. Q: How do I know if a hybrid car makes sense for me?A: Even without gas at $3 a gallon, the economics of hybrids mak ... read more

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Hybrid Vehicle Battery Life: How to Make Them Last Longer

Hybrid Vehicle Battery Life: How to Make Them Last Longer

Are you a hybrid vehicle (HEV) owner? Do you wonder, "How long will my battery last?"  "Is there any way that I can make it last longer?" Think of the hybrid car battery pack as a row crew team.  In the team is 28 rowers, or scullers (we know, that 's a very large boat), each representing the 28 battery modules in the battery pack.  Each sculler will age at a different rate. We want to keep each crew member at peak conditioning AND rowing together in syn ... read more

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Peninsula Beat interview: Dave Carney, Hillside Auto Repair Owner Local business, Hillside Auto Repair, is saving hybrid vehicle owners money in a big way

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Ask The Professor: Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle

Ask The Professor: Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle

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Trustworthy. Knowledgeable. Courteous. Professional.

Trustworthy. Knowledgeable. Courteous. Professional.

That's how people describe Hillside Auto, who now also provides service for hybrid cars. Click here to schedule an appointment for your car, or learn more about our hybrid vehicle services in Torrance, CA here

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Thank You for Voting Us South Bay's Best!

Thank You for Voting Us South Bay's Best!

For the second year running, we are grateful our customers have voted Hillside Auto Repair the BEST Independent Auto Repair in the South Bay! "Today’s cars are built to last 200,000 miles plus and will do so if properly maintained,” said owner Dave Carney, “and finding the right shop that you can trust is part of the equation to a well maintained car.” Hillside Auto Repair specializes in preventive maintenance on all makes and models of cars. And now, Hillside Auto Repair specialized serv ... read more

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Ahead of the Curve — Hybrid Vehicle Innovators and Early Adopters

Ahead of the Curve — Hybrid Vehicle Innovators and Early Adopters

Victor Wouk poses proudly with his 1972 hybrid Buick Skylark at the EPA vehicle emissions-testing laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, the Toyota Prius is the most popular car line in California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area leads the nation in the sale of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Forty years ago, no one would have predicted that HEVs would be so popular.  No one except Victor Wouk, the “Godfather of Hybrid Technology”. Wouk built the first working proto ... read more

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