An American received a bill of 30,000 euros for changing the battery in a 10-year-old hybrid

It’s no news that electric and hybrid car batteries are a really expensive component. However, it is really hard to believe the huge cost of repairing a generic car with several years of use. Logic says it should be cheaper, but it doesn’t seem so if we take into account the bill of 30,000 euros that the official service gave to the client for changing the battery in an old hybrid car.

A bill from Florida-based Roger Dean Chevrolet has gone viral on social media because of the high price the shop intended to charge a customer to replace a dead battery on his Chevrolet Volt Hybrid. Namely, the bill far exceeds the current value of the vehicle on the used car market, he says

Specifically, it is a battery for a Volt Hybrid from 2012 with slightly more than 113,000 kilometers traveled. The service is asking for 27,000 euros for a new battery, 1,202 euros for work and another 34 euros for coolant. That is a total of 29,905 euros.

The craziest thing about this story is that it’s a 2012 Chevrolet Volt with more than 100,000 kilometers that is valued at around 9,000 euros in the US. This means that the cost of replacing the battery triples the market value of the vehicle. Fortunately, it is only a preliminary invoice, and the client has not decided on the service, and the price is an explanation in itself.

The service employee explained that “this estimate is for a 12-year-old vehicle with no warranty and for a battery that is extremely difficult to obtain due to older technology,” and that “parts are sourced from suppliers outside of Chevrolet.” The employee compares the battery to the first flat-screen televisions, which were extremely expensive, and which became cheaper over time.


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