A few days ago I came across an interesting article on vehicle maintenance written by the company YourMechanic, instead of you going to a garage when your car needs repairs, this company comes to you. They provide this service in over 700 cities throughout the United-States and service all major car brands.
Basically the article looks at which car brands cost the most to maintain and which ones cost the least. They also delve into what are the most common issues that each brand tends to have.
Unsurprisingly, they find that German luxury brands cost the most, for example, over 10 years of ownership a BMW will cost you $17,800 in maintenance. On the other end of the spectrum, a Toyota would only cost $5,500 over the same amount of time. What two other brands follow closely as being the cheapest to maintain? Scion and Lexus! I wonder who makes those…
”So what, specifically, makes some brands more expensive than others? Some brands have a higher incidence of routine maintenance. But some cars tend to break down in the same way time and again.”
Unfortunately, we aren’t given much information on the statistics that are giving other than the fact that they are based on the repairs that they’ve performed throughout the years. It would be good to know the total amount of repairs these statistics are based on, but unfortunately, they don’t give this information out. Because of this there are a ton of variables that come into play and we aren’t told whether or not they’re being considered. For example, mileage or how they account for repairs that we be done at any regular shop. Also, the company has only been in business since 2012 so a lot of it is based on estimates.
I’m not saying that this report is wrong, but I feel it’s only painting part of the picture.
I will let you read the full article for yourself, but I would love to have people chime in on what they think about these lists, if you’ve owned one of these brands, bought it new and kept it for 10 years, how much do you think it cost you?