Most And Least Expensive Vehicles For Maintenance Costs

September 20, 2019

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The true cost of owning a car goes beyond the sticker price. Maintenance, for example, is an expense that can add up quite a bit over time. Recently a car repair company analyzed their own data to find out which car brands and models require the most maintenance over time. YourMechanic.com looked at which major brands cost the most to maintain over the first 10 years of a car’s life. They found that BMWs were the most expensive to maintain by far, with a 10-year cost of $17,800. They found the luxury brands were the most expensive in general, but many budget vehicles ranked high, too. Mercedes-Benz came in as the second most-expensive car brand to own with an estimated $12,900 paid in maintenance over a decade. Cadillac and Volvo tied at the third spot ($12,500), with Audi and Saturn fourth ($12,400) and Mercury ($12,000) rounding out the top 5 spots. Toyota was the best value for maintenance, according to the list, with an estimated maintenance cost of $5,500 over 10 years. Scion ($6,400) and Lexus ($7,000) were the second and third most inexpensive brands, respectively (both are part of the Toyota group). Most domestic brands, like Ford and Dodge, are in the middle of the pack. Maintenance costs increase as the car ages. A stable, consistent increase of $150 per year in costs exists for years 1 through 10. After that, there is a distinct jump between 11 and 12 years of age. After age 12, costs plateau around $2,000 per year.

SOURCE: Two Cents

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