- Maintenance cost is an important factor
- User poll
- Indicative list by brand
- Chrysler — $ 208
- Lincoln — $ 290
- Toyota — $ 291
- Mazda - $ 300
- Kia - $ 317
- Nissan - $ 340
- Hyundai - $ 340
- Dodge — $ 345
- Honda - $ 370
- Ford - $ 399
- Cadillac - $ 400
- Jeep — $ 425
- Lexus — 461 $
- Chevrolet — 466 $
- Subaru - $ 500
- Infiniti - $ 508
- Buick — 522 $
- Volkswagen — 560 $
- Volvo - $ 600
- MINI - $ 600
- Audi — 625 $
- Mercedes-Benz - $ 838
- BMW - $ 910
What is the real price of the car? We can easily find out this information from the dealers' price list or from an ad on the secondary market. But how much more will have to be added to that price as maintenance and repair costs?
Maintenance cost is an important factor
Unfortunately, it is impossible to give an exact answer to this question. The cost of each car varies depending on the operating conditions, care and driving style. Nevertheless, statistics on average costs by brand will make our choice easier. Unfortunately, no one in Europe maintains such statistics - only in the United States thanks to annual Consumer Reports polls.
Of course, there are significant differences between Europe and America in assemblies, fuel prices, and auto mechanic wages. Even the service and warranty policies of some manufacturers on one side of the ocean have their own and completely different - on the other side of the world. For this reason, the CR rating can only give a rough idea.
The latest version of the survey includes all owner's maintenance and repair costs. As you would expect, there is a significant difference in cost for 3-, 5- and 10-year-olds:
- 3 years (manufactured in 2017) an average of $ 83;
- 5 years (2015) $ 200 on average;
- 10 years (2010) $ 458 on average.
This difference is understandable - new cars are usually provided with a warranty of at least 3, and often even 7 years, during which repair work is free, and the owners pay only for consumables such as oil and tires. Plus, of course, cars start to break down more often over time.
However, it should be noted that in some brands the difference in service costs is negligible, while in others it is very different. Owners Dodge ($ 170), Acura ($ 163) and Infiniti ($ 152) reported the highest spending on cars three years ago. At the same time, brands such as BMW, Cadillac и Volvo, report virtually zero repair and maintenance costs.
For five-year cars, the costs gradually increase, but the really radical work is done on 10-year cars after the warranty expires. So, BMW, which for the first three years cost nothing to its owners, suddenly began to need almost $ 1000 a year. The same goes for other German premium brands.
Indicative list by brand
To find out which car is worth looking at in the aftermarket, here's a list compiled by Consumer Reports.
Chrysler - $ 208
The American brand is more or less cheap for 5-year-olds, with an average cost of $ 175, but for 10-year-olds it is significantly cheaper than everyone else - $ 208 for repairs and maintenance.
Lincoln - $ 290
Luxury brand Ford also performed well for 5 year olds ($ 159 per year) with 10 year olds available from the aftermarket.
Toyota - $ 291
Five-year-old Toyota is actually quite expensive at $ 200 a year, but for 10-year-olds, the Japanese brand is one of the most economical.
Mazda - $ 300
The same is true here - the relatively high cost of servicing a 5-year-old car - $ 207, but in the tenth year the situation is getting better.
Kia - $ 317
The Korean brand is the second-cheapest brand among five-year vehicles - with annual costs of just $ 140 (longer warranty helps). For 10-year-olds, the cost of service more than doubles.
Nissan - 340 dollars
In its fifth year, Nissan costs an average of $ 185 to service.
Hyundai - 340 dollars
Bigger Korean brother is much worse than Kia at age five - $ 208 per month, but at age 10 the result of both brands is almost identical.
Dodge — $ 345
The maintenance cost of a 5-year-old Dodge averages $ 175 per year.
Honda - 370 dollars
And this Japanese brand is not particularly profitable in its fifth year, with an average maintenance cost of $ 203. In the tenth year, the situation changes to cheaper service.
Ford - 399 dollars
Ford cars are relatively profitable in their fifth year with an average cost of $ 164. Keep in mind, however, that more than three-quarters of all Fords on the road in America are pickup trucks or large SUVs that are completely different from European models.
Cadillac - 400 dollars
American luxury brand GM is one of the most fuel efficient in the fifth year at $ 149 per season. In ten-year models, the indicator deteriorates, but not as much as in imported premium-class counterparts.
Jeep - $ 425
In the fifth year, the cost is $ 164 per year.
Lexus — 461 $
Five-year-old Lexus cost an average of $ 215 per year. Maintenance cost for ten-year-old cars nearly doubles
Chevrolet — 466 $
In its fifth year, Chevrolet performed almost on par with its main competitor Ford - an average cost of $ 168. However, at the age of 10, they lag behind their opponent.
Subaru - $ 500
Japanese cars are expensive after five years in service, with maintenance costs now reaching $ 267. In the tenth year of operation, they double.
Infiniti - 508 dollars
The luxury Nissan brand costs its owners an average of $ 248 in its fifth year and $ 508 in its tenth year.
Buick — 522 $
Under this brand, two models are sold in America, which are known in Europe as Opel Insignia and Mokka X. In the fifth year, Buick cars average $ 157, which is a good result. But by the tenth, it deteriorates significantly.
Volkswagen — 560 $
In America, German cars are not cheap either for the fifth ($ 222) or for the tenth year.
Volvo - $ 600
The Swedish brand, which apologized last year for quality issues with its HS60, cost its owners an average of $ 248 in its fifth year. The situation does not change with ten-year-old cars - maintenance costs almost twice as much.
MINI - 600 dollars
By the age of five, small British cars are quite affordable - just $ 160 for maintenance. But in the tenth year, the motorist will have to fork out for expensive maintenance.
Audi — 625 $
With the luxury brand VW, service averages $ 253 in year five and $ 625 in year ten.
Mercedes-Benz - $ 838
The world leader in the premium segment is also the leader in the cost of servicing five-year vehicles, with Mercedes' 2015 maintenance average of $ 409, more than a third more than Subaru's second in this respect.
BMW - $ 910
BMW owners who don't change it in time experience the biggest shock. For five-year-old cars, the Bavarian brand is the cheapest - it costs its owners an average of only $ 59. However, at the age of 10, BMW service sharply takes on the other extreme.