Becoming a car owner goes way beyond buying a car. It comes with a price too. Car maintenance is a duty every driver must perform for the proper performance of his car and also extending its lifespan. And while the cost of maintaining a car adds up as the car ages, the fuel consumption rates of each car differs as well as the cost of keeping the car running.
Toyota has left an indelible mark on users' minds as a brand of reliability
YourMechanic.com, a mobile car repair provider, made some analysis with the data of different car make and models they've serviced in America, and the type of maintenance done on the cars. The data was used to ascertain which car often breaks down and whose maintenance costs the most. And also, to know the type of car maintenance that's common to a car brand.
They explained here,
First, we looked at which major brands cost the most to maintain over the first 10 years of a car’s life. We grouped all years of all models by brand to compute their median cost by brand. In order to estimate annual maintenance costs, we found the amount spent on every two oil changes (as oil changes are generally done every six months)
So here on Naijauto.com, we'll be presenting the data to you. See them below.
Which car brands are the most expensive to maintain?
This data is based on an estimate of a car's total maintenance for 10 years.
|The most expensive car brands to maintain|
Luxury vehicles imported from Germany like the Mercedes-Benz and BMW, together with Cadillac, a domestic luxury brand, ranks the most expensive cars to maintain.
For the Toyota brand, the cost of maintenance over 10 years is less than $10,000 compared to others.This makes Toyota the most economical car manufacturer. Following Toyota as the second and third least inexpensive cars are Scion and Lexus. Both brands are made by Toyota. All three of them are below the average cost by 10%.
In the table above, domestic car brands Dodge and Ford happens to be in the middle.
Luxury cars were expected to be the most expensive to maintain, however many budget-friendly cars ranked higher. An entry-level car brand Kia, surprisingly had a maintenance cost that's 1.3 times more than the average cost. Here, sticker prices were excluded from maintenance costs.
Kia, though put alongside other entry-level car brand, is the one with 1.3 times higher cost for maintenance
It's quite informative to know brands relative maintenance cost. However, considering how the maintenance cost of a car changes with age is also important. The table looked at the median yearly car maintenance cost across all the brands.
As the car ages, maintenance cost increases. There is an increase of $150 in cost, which was consistent each year from the 1st year to the 10th year. Between 11-12 years, there was a distinct jump. And after 13 years of age, the cost came flat to $2,000 per year. The reason could be that people stopped spending on their car when the maintenance cost became higher than the car's worth.
When you come down to a car brand, their cars aren't produced equally. So, how do you compare specific models to one another?
The table below was drilled down and specific car models were examined to know their maintenance costs in 10 years.
Which car models are the most expensive to maintain?
Let's see the cars below.
|The most expensive car models to maintain|
|6||Dodge Grand Caravan||$14,500|
|7||Dodge Ram 1500||$13,300|
|8||Audi A4 Quattro||$12,800|
For the 20 most expensive car models, their minimum maintenance cost requires a staggering amount of $11,000 in 10 years. The estimates included were costs made once, like transmission rebuild which placed the mean higher.
YourMechanic.com's data discovered that the car model with the most expensive maintenance cost is the Chrysler Sebring. This could be the reason it got a revamp in 2010. Following Chrysler in the most expensive to maintain cars are the BMW 328i, the Mercedes Benz E350 and other luxurious models like the Audi Quattro.
The Chrysler Sebring tops the list of the most expensive models to maintain
Now you know which cars can dig a hole in your account. Let's check out cars that you can rely on as a thrifty choice.
Which are the cheapest cars to maintain?
Check them out in the table.
|The cheapest car models to maintain|
The table shows Toyota and other Asian cars taking the lead as the cheapest cars to maintain, while the Prius maintains its reputation for reliability. The Honda Fit and Kia Soul are also following many Toyota models in the low-cost lead. The low-cost leading board also has Toyota Tacoma and Highlander on it too. Although mid-sized and compact sedans dominated the list, Toyota was careful to avoid making the list for the most expensive models.
The Toyota Highlander is among the cheapest cars to maintain
To be specific, why are some car brands more expensive when compared to other brands?
Some car brands are known to have a higher occurrence of routine maintenance. However, some car brands are also prone to break down the same way too.
The brands whose maintenance requirements occur unusually for that specific brand were examined. The frequency of the issue common to the brand was compared across all the cars serviced.
Unusually common car issues
See the issues and their number of frequency.
|Issues discovered by YourMechanic and number of frequency|
|Car Brand||Car Issue||Issue Frequency|
|Mercury||Fuel pump replacement||28x|
|Chrysler||Exhaust gas recirculation/EGR valve replacement||24x|
|Infiniti||Camshaft position sensor replacement||21x|
|Cadillac||Intake manifold gasket replacement||19x|
|Jaguar||Check engine light is on inspection||19x|
|Pontiac||Intake manifold gasket replacement||19x|
|Dodge||Exhaust gas recirculation/EGR valve replacement||19x|
|Plymouth||Not starting inspection||19x|
|Honda||Valve clearance adjustment||18x|
|BMW||Window regular replacement||18x|
|Ford||PCV valve hose replacement||18x|
|BMW||Idler pulley replacement||18x|
|Saturn||Wheel bearing replacement||17x|
|Oldsmobile||Not starting inspection||17x|
|Mitsubishi||Timing belt replacement||17x|
|BMW||Drive belt tensioner replacement||16x|
|Chrysler||Camshaft position sensor replacement||16x|
|Jeep||Crankshaft position sensor replacement||15x|
|Chrysler||Engine mount replacement||15x|
|Mercedes Benz||Crankshaft position sensor||15x|
The brand Mercury suffered the most frequent issue with its fuel pump. And it was a design flaw. And for that reason, its manufacturer Ford discontinued its production completely, in 2011. Also from the table, the same manufacturer had the same issue from car brand to brand. Chrysler and Dodge, all from the same empire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had issues with their exhaust gas recirculation valves. Their ERGs needed to be repaired 20 times in other to be the national average.
Audi is one of the most reliable car brands
Among all the car dramas, customers care about one problem the most: which of these cars will not likely start?
This question is answered in the table below. And the comparison is limited to cars that are 10 years old or below.
Car brands that are not likely to start the most
Here, the table shows the car brand name and the number of frequency.
|Car brands not likely to start the most|
|Rank||Car Brand||The frequency of car not starting|
The list in the table could be as a result of the car's build quality and the diligence of some car owners. The results on the table are quite critical. Out of the 5 brands that ranked the highest, 3 has been discontinued. Also ranked at the top with the cars that have ceased to exist, are brands like the Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, and BMW. Car brands that have been noted to be among the cheapest cars to maintain like Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai, didn't make the list.
Every detail about a car was not revealed by the brand so the next table will be looking into the models with the greatest frequency of not starting.
Car models that are not likely to start the most
Below are the car models and their number of frequency.
|Car models not likely to start the most|
|Rank||Car Model||The frequency of car not starting|
|3||Ford F-250 Super Duty||21x|
|5||Chrysler PT Cruiser||18x|
|10||Dodge Ram 1500||10x|
|16||Mazda MX-5 Miata||7x|
The worst cars that made the list couldn't start 26 times the way an average car should start. Probably why models like Hummer H3, Chrysler Sebring and Hyundai Tiburon were all discontinued. Isn't it shameful that the BMW and many Mercedes-Benz models made the list?
A Hyundai Tiburon would be 26 times more likely to encounter the starting problems than an average model
This data is sure an eye-opener to the car brands that are living up to expectation and their consistency in flying their reliability and reputation higher. Toyota happens to be the car of the moment. And for brands sacrificing reliability for prestige, the Mercedes-Benz and BMW made the chart. Coming down to car models that should be discontinued, Hummer 3 perfectly fits it.
Aside from the average cost of maintaining a car, car maintenance is affected by some factors notwithstanding. Like the car's maintenance frequency, the road it plies, how often it hits the road and the driving habit of the car driver. Naijauto is always here to bring important car information and maintenance tips across your way to keep you updated.
Before you buy your dream car, be sure to know how much it will cost you to maintain it