With more and more people opting for hybrid vehicles today, there’s a growing need for mechanics with specialized expertise to be able to work on these vehicles safely and efficiently. As with any other vehicle, drivers want to have confidence every time they bring their vehicle into the shop - whether it’s for a service or a large repair. Luckily for locals, Ken Mills Toyota’s long-time employee, Bruce Soutar has nearly two decades of hybrid experience and has come to be recognized as a hybrid specialist Sunshine Coast residents trust.
What makes hybrid cars so popular?
With more and more hybrid vehicles on the market, more affordable price points, and numerous environmental advantages, it’s no surprise that hybrid vehicles are increasing in popularity. Attributes like lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions not only make hybrids a popular choice, but also allow these types of vehicles to command higher resale values as people are looking for ways to save on fuel costs. However, while hybrid ownership is definitely on the rise, finding an experienced mechanic to service your vehicle may still take a little research.
Why it’s important to bring your car to a hybrid specialist
When deciding whether or not to purchase a hybrid, it’s important to consider the services in your location that can help ensure your vehicle has a long and happy life. With twin powered engines, an alternate fuel source and continual improvements to hybrid technology, some of the maintenance and repairs required for hybrids are different from traditional vehicles. Unfortunately, some mechanics have very little experience working with this newer type of technology and may shy away from servicing hybrid vehicles. Additionally, bringing your hybrid into an inexperienced mechanic can mean that the repairs may take longer to do and end up being more costly. That’s why at Ken Mills Toyota, we value Bruce’s experience and expertise. He’s proven himself to be the hybrid specialist Sunshine Coast locals can count on.
Sunshine Coast first responders learn from the expert
Although most hybrids are very safe vehicles and do well in crash safety tests, there are special safety procedures that first responders must take when arriving on the scene of an accident involving a hybrid. With advanced technology (specifically high voltage batteries inside the vehicles), first responders must be able to quickly identify whether or not a vehicle is indeed a hybrid and ensure that there is no power running through the cables before using tools such as the jaws of life. This is why Bruce has spent time educating local fire departments and other emergency personnel on how to act safely and quickly in emergency situations. Similar safety precautions must be taken by anyone doing maintenance on a hybrid in that they must wear specialized safety equipment and know exactly how to disconnect all of the power sources before engaging in any work.
How to find the right hybrid specialist for your vehicle
Before bringing your hybrid in to have work done, ask questions about the mechanic’s experience and knowledge with these types of vehicles. At Ken Mills Toyota, your hybrid will always be in good hands with Bruce.