Small cars cost less to maintain

Good things come in smaller packages.

At least, that was the conclusion from this MSN Auto article about the 2011 top 10 cheapest cars to maintain. According to the article, “Labor costs and the cost of replacement parts for small cars are usually cheaper.”

Topping the list is the Honda Fit, with a total five-year service cost of $2,937, although the Toyota Corolla is right behind at $2,991.

But the more important question is, do maintenance costs actually factor into your decision to buy a new car? What about a used car?

How much do you currently spend on auto maintenance per year?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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3 comments Add your comment

Kendell Jones

May 31st, 2012
3:54 pm

I have a 2003 Honda Accord. I have just reached the 100.000 miles this past year. The cost for the rfegular work that is done at this point in the mileage that is currently on was about $490. During the course of the year with just normal service, I am spending about $140.00 annually. During the almost 9 years. I have bought three sets of tires., So with the figures I have given you, you can add it up. Have been very happy with this car, and hope to drive it another 300.000 miles.

Andrew Shaddock

May 31st, 2012
4:33 pm

Maintenance sure does factor in. We sold a Mini Cooper which had cost us over $6,000 in its fourth year of ownership (brakes all round, service, engine harness and engine block for corroded valve). We replaced it with a Honda Fit which we have owned for 3 2/3 years, and admittedly driven only 31,000 miles. Total scheduled maintenance so far (three services, roughly every 10,000 miles) has been a total of $560. We are also averaging about 34.5 mpg, which also was a factor in selecting the Fit. So far, so good. Very good.

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