Carmakers With the Highest and Lowest Maintenance Costs over 10 Years

The Most Expensve Car Maintenance Costs By Brand

Updated October 31, 2018

It wasn’t that long ago that we’ve dissected maintenance costs by car brands based on total mileage. People at YourMechanic have yet again been busy and this time they’ve compiled the list of 30 car manufacturers and their overall maintenance costs during the 10 year period.

They possess a huge database of both carmakers and models that have undergone service through their system, and they’ve decided to put that dataset to good use. By grouping the maintenance costs of all models in their system, they’ve been able to calculate the average maintenance cost per car manufacturer. Then they’ve listed the first ten years of every single model, and pulled out the 10-year average.

What Are The Highest Maintenance Car Brands?

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As you can clearly see, the Toyota Motor Corporation’s trio of Toyota, Scion and even Lexus are the cheapest badges top maintain over the first ten years of car’s life. Most Japanese brands are placed high on the list with Acura and Infiniti being the most expensive to maintain. They’re still much cheaper to service than the likes of Chrysler, Volvo or Cadillac, end especially the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW which are the most expensive car brands to maintain. Average BMW (which is most expensive by far) will squeeze another $17,800 out of your pocket over the course of 10 years. Of course, that’s only the average. BMW 7 Series will likely take much more than that.

It has to be noted that these are exclusively maintenance costs, though. If breakdown costs could have been taken into account, the end result would have looked much different.


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