How High-Tech Cars are Making Repairs Harder
High-Tech Cars are Making Maintenance & Repairs Harder

The older a model gets, the harder it is to get replacement parts or find a mechanic who knows how to work on a ‘98 Chevy truck. But now we’re seeing the same thing with cars made this year!

What’s changed? The technology and equipment that goes into today’s vehicles require more specialization and knowledge than a mechanic has, that’s what.

Repair Shops are Struggling to Meet Specialized Demand

Most mechanics know cars, not computers. But EVs, increased advanced technology, and how features are integrated into a car’s system make it impossible to continue being an old-fashioned mechanic.

If things stay the way they are now in the car repair business, drivers might have to get an extended warranty from places like Toyota and Ford to get guaranteed service.

Cost of Equipment and Training

Many automotive manufacturers use unique systems or have specific equipment for creating their vehicles – such as Tesla models or the newest Ford Super Duty trucks. While it’s not a trade secret, it’s also not well-known what goes into making and maintaining technologically-advanced vehicles.

Mechanics will need the same equipment and systems to perform maintenance and repairs on those cars. They also need certifications, special training, and continued education to meet rapidly-changing vehicle needs.

Not only is this costly for businesses, but it isn’t likely to happen – mechanics would have to learn the special methods and equipment for working on one model of car or all of them at once, and neither is a sustainable way to run a mechanic’s service. What if the only person who can perform a Toyota’s extended warranty service is out sick for a week?

How This Impacts Drivers Negatively

As local shops are forced to specialize, limit what they can do, or sell their shops to franchise owners, drivers will find their options limited and prices for service going up.

Parts and equipment, as well as a properly-trained mechanic’s time, will cost more, services and repairs will take longer, and the old neighborhood mechanic may not be around much longer. Getting your car back from the shop could take days instead of hours.

But does that mean all hope for the future is lost already? Not necessarily.

The Future of Automobiles and Auto Repair Centers

Mechanics are already working toward bridging the knowledge gap in service – computer science majors and tech-savvy car fanatics are joining repair shops as their expertise becomes relevant. Automakers and dealerships are offering in-house repairs and maintenance options.

Drivers are also finding ways to make it easier on themselves – they’re looking into Ford and Toyota extended warranty options, which cover the cost of everything from engines to steering wheels for years.

The auto repair industry is seeing a lot of problems right now, but it’s also seeing a lot of growth and change. Now it’s just a matter of seeing where it takes us.

Hyundai EV Maintenance Workshop
Hyundai Seeks Top EV Branding Through Global EV Maintenance Workshop

The Hyundai Motor Company just took a huge step in ensuring that your local Hyundai dealer is ready for the maintenance demands of the evolving popularity of electric vehicles. The company held an EV Tech Lab in Seoul (June 28 to July 6) designed to brand Hyundai as the top EV maker. This effort should come as no surprise to EV enthusiasts, as Hyundai has been making some waves in the electric world.

EV Maintenance

Even though traditional gas-powered vehicles have seen a number of updates over the years, mechanics have been able to easily meet the demand for service. Electric vehicles are a completely different system that might make many mechanics feel outdated or ill-equipped.

The EV Tech Lab includes interactive courses based on actual cases and needs. Participants were able to visit several key Hyundai sites, including the Uslan plan, Motorstudio, and more. The courses were led by experts from the Hyundai Motor Company and instructed key maintenance professionals from multiple countries across the world.

Building A Better Brand

As more drivers move towards electric vehicles, having the right kind of maintenance programs in place is key. While many manufacturers are jumping into the EV game, the ones that can offer the most comprehensive service and maintenance programs will stand out on top. Hyundai wants to get a jump on the game and become the authoritative name in the EV service industry.

Hyundai doesn’t just want to be known as the premier EV manufacturer worldwide; it also wants to equip its entire team to meet the demands of the electric future. That means updating certification training for mechanics at regional and local Hyundai dealer locations.

Leading the EV Market

While everyone seems to be offering EVs these days, Hyundai is taking a solid part of the market share with a full line-up of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric options. One of the most exciting additions to Hyundai dealer locations is the new Ioniq 5. This EV is pushing the boundaries to what’s possible and looks good doing it. More importantly, the Ioniq nameplate is going to have several brand new vehicles hit the road in the coming years.

Hyundai has some work to do if it wants to catch the name-recognition of EV automakers like Tesla, but it’s certainly taking all of the right steps. Taking on the role of teaching and training others on EV service and maintenance, Hyundai is showing itself as a true contender for EV king of the road.

If you’re interested to see what kind of innovative technologies are coming to the road, stop by your local Hyundai dealer. The future is bright, and Hyundai wants to lead the way.

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The Toyota Prius is More than Just a Hybrid

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Whether you’ve experienced the look of one on the road or heard about it in jokes, the Toyota Prius and the success of its hybrid powertrain have become extremely popular for the drive while being put down for the style.
Thankfully, the Toyota team has figured out how to give us a Prius that we truly want to drive. No longer a wedge-shaped car, the current Prius is stylish, attractive, and sporty on the outside while being efficient to drive. You’ll love the fact that this car is fun to drive when you get in and hit the gas. Read More

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Honda has the Accord You Want to Drive

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There’s something fantastic about finding the right vehicle to drive and enjoy every day. You could find a practical car that offers you the feeling you desire when you drive and know that you can have a price that makes sense.
If you’re looking for a great deal for a vehicle that has what you’re looking for, you’ll want to see the pre-owned Honda Accord models offered to give you the drive that makes sense. Get behind the wheel of the right version of the sedan and let it become the car that you want to enjoy driving every day. Read More

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VW Reveals Plans for a New EV Truck

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The Volkswagen plan to introduce a large selection of EV models is taking some interesting turns. With the plan to have 75 pure electric models by 2029 and 60 models that are either hybrid or plug-in hybrid models, the VW Group has lofty goals. One of the areas where VW will likely add a new vehicle that will give us the drive we want and the power we need is the truck market. The Volkswagen Group has plans to give us an all-electric truck for the power needed for a great drive. Read More