Buying a car is a significant investment and the usual concept is that the money that you have to dish out when buying the vehicle is the expense that you should be worried about when acquiring a vehicle.
In reality, this is not the case. There is a plethora of expenses that comes with a car after you make the first significant payment to put your name against the vehicle on the log book. Annual road tax fee, monthly car insurance, yearly MOT charges, and maintenance charges that can add up over the time. We are not just talking about the regular car engine oil changes and occasional tyre changes. We mean business when it comes to the cost of maintenance.
Records are kept for every workshop trip every repair and every installation and then on the basis of the solid data set we have decided the brands that are most expensive to maintain and create a list of them for the ordinary public to consider before buying that brand. Those expenses might not seem too much but constant drainage of money in the workshop takes its toll sooner or later. Let’s have a look what brands are most expensive to maintain and which ones are the least expensive to maintain. We will start from the most expensive ones and go towards the least expensive to maintain brands of vehicles.
As a general rule of thumb, more expensive and premium the brand tag is, more expensive it is to maintain. Reason is simple. Components of those top of the range vehicles are not cheap and nor are the mechanics. Complex tech gadgets mean statistically there are more chances that something would go wrong more often and that will cost you a considerable amount.
BMW are not bad or unreliable vehicles. They are just a bit expensive to replace the components when something does go wrong.
Same is the case with Mercedes Benz. Just replacing the essential components is not cheap and specialized mechanics charge a fortune to replace the components as well. These vehicles are engineered in a way that your local mechanic might struggle to get the repair done without specialized equipment.
Premium brands are technologically advanced too and hence require more upkeep in maintenance.
4×4 and SUVs are the type of vehicles that are supposed to be tough and carry on despite what ever is thrown at them. Land Rovers are not so bad as far as this toughness is concerned. These vehicles do keep going but when it comes to the repair bill these seems to back our theory about the premium vehicles being expensive to repair due to their premium parts quality and expensive mechanics.
Despite being tough and fairly reliable vehicles, when these vehicles finally go to the workshop, they are certain to run a huge bill for service and replacements of the parts. SUVs usual hunting grounds are the uneven roads and that contributes to more repairs than usual.
Now, Jaguar is a premium brand that despite being pricy and expensive, actually does lack reliability. British engineering may seem fascinating from afar but is never known for its reliability.
Positive thing is that their reliability fares far better than the sister company Land Rover but again premium quality components, expensive servicing facilities and too much technology contribute it to rank high in maintenance cost.
Here is an interesting brand that looks absolutely stunning in every angle you look at and does so on consistent basis. But, when it comes to reliability, their reputation is not exactly stellar. The Italian style trail blazers tend to develop faults more often than any other brand in the same price bracket and the worst thing is that in United Kingdom their parts or repair costs are not exactly cheap either.
Only consolation is that when it comes to premium brands, Alfa Romeos are relatively more affordable than the above-mentioned brands.
Audi is another example that even if the German engineering provide excellent basis for a brand, premium quality comes with expensive upkeep. Audi are technological masterpieces and are reliable enough to edge brands like Alfa Romeo or Jaguar any time but They still are high on the service expenditure due to the quality of their spare parts and service charges.
If you buy a brand new Mini. You are more likely to have quiet time in terms of reliability. Since the brand is taken over by the Germans, it has achieved a favourable trajectory towards reliability and only once you start going for service is when you start to incur higher expenses.
Mini being a former British icon means it carries a lot of weight of expectations over its shoulders and chances are less that its quality is ever compromised.
Volkswagen cannot be called unreliable in any sense but they tend to be on the pricy side when it comes to put them right in the workshop. Reason again is that they produce premium vehicles and their spare parts seem to carry the same standards of quality and their workshops use the same modern equipment and procedures that other top brands seem to exercise.
The French car maker avoided to be higher on the list by being economical on its parts prices really. Their reliability index is not better than the above-mentioned competitors but when things do go wrong and you have to take a detour to the workshop. It does not cost as much as the other premium brands and you can get your Citroen fixed relatively cheaper.
In all honesty, on paper, Vauxhall is almost the same on reliability index as Citroen but Vauxhall only edges out the French counterpart as they tend to go older before things start to go wrong with them and the repair times are a little shorter when it comes to Vauxhall. You may have noticed that in the above comparison hardly any Japanese brand was mentioned. Reason is that somehow, they have mastered the art of making the vehicles that hardly ever go wrong. If they do go wrong at some point of their life, the repair expenses are not as bad as their German counterparts.Read More