It’s the dreaded phone call that every car owner hates: ‘Hi, it’s the garage. We’ve found a few issues during your car’s service, so the bill is going to be more expensive than we thought.’
Now data collected from more than 250,000 vehicle services claims to have revealed which models are the cheapest when it comes to a scheduled check-up from a mechanic.
And the figures have also named the 10 cars that had the priciest bills of up to £426 on average.
The research reveals that if you want to save money a dinky and dated Peugeot 106 is your best bet, while at the other end of the scale a Porsche Boxster will provide driving thrills but could prove bad for your wallet.
Servicing shock: We reveal the cheapest – and most expensive – cars to have serviced, based on the bills received by over 250,000 drivers in the last year
Car servicing provider, Servicing Stop, said it compared the total cost of the service and additional work carried out on all cars, worked out the average across each model over the last 12 months and compiled a list of the least and most expensive.
Most of the figures would be based on independent garages, so you should expect to pay higher prices if you book your car into a dealer’s franchised servicing department.
On the bargain side of the stats, it was the dinky – and now fairly out of date – Peugeot 106, built from 1991 until 2003, that worked out as the cheapest to have serviced.
The average cost for the tiny little French hatchback was just £158 – which is £35 less than the average service fee across the 250,000 vehicles analysed between March 2017 and March 2018 (£193).
The Peugeot 106 was named by Servicing Stop as the most affordable car to have serviced. That said, it’s old and very out of date compared to safer, better-equipped examples on the market
Cheapest cars to service in the UK
1. Peugeot 106 – £158
2. Ford Ecosport – £176
3. Nissan Pulsar – £180
4. Ford Kuga – £195
5. Citroen C1 – £197
6. Alfa Romeo 147 – £201
7. Citroen C4 Cactus – £205
8. Toyota Aygo – £207
9. Vauxhall Adam – £208
10. Seat MII – £210
Source: Servicing Stop
However, these cars are few and far between today and fall well behind current models when it comes to safety, equipment, build quality and technology.
In its heyday – 2002 – there were 350,000 106s registered on the road in the UK, according to howmanyleft.co.uk, but by the end of last year just 25,000 remain, meaning some 325,000 have been scrapped in the last 16 years.
Fortunately, the list of the most affordable cars to service includes plenty of more recent vehicles that are better equipped.
The model with the second lowest average servicing cost of £176 was the Ford Ecosport, produced from 2013.
It was followed by the Nissan Pulsar (£18), Ford Kuga (£195) and Citroen C1 (£197).
The biggest shock appearance in the list was the Alfa Romeo 147, built from 2000 to 2010.
With the Italian brand notorious not only for poor reliability but also high servicing costs, the family hatchback cost a surprisingly cheap £210 on average, according to the data.
Figures suggest there are 8,700 examples remain on UK roads, all of which are likely to have clocked up high mileage.
The Ford Ecosport SUV (left) had an average repair cost of just £176 while the Nissan Pulsar family hatchback (right) was third cheapest on average with a fee of £180
Given Alfa Romeo’s notoriously poor reliability track record and high servicing costs, the 147 hatchback was a shock inclusion in the top 10 cheapest list
Most expensive cars to service
But which are the cars that are most likely to burn a larger hole in your back pocket?
The most expensive average service cost is for the Porsche Boxster, which has been available in three generations from 1996 to present. The average service bill was £426.
In second and third place were the out-of-production Jaguar S-Type (£406) and the Volvo XC70, which costs £404.
The analysis revealed that some cars had service bills that averaged more than £400
The Porsche Boxster is the most-bought model in the German brands’ range. Replacement parts will be expensive, which might explain the high average service bills of £426
Both the Jaguar S-Type (left) and Volvo XC70 (right) averaged more than £400 for average repair bills
Most-expensive cars to service in the UK
1. Porsche Boxster – £426
2. Jaguar S-Type – £406
3. Volvo XC70 – £404
4. Porsche Cayenne – £382
5. BMW Z3 and Z4 – £379
6. Chrysler Grand Voyager – £373
7. Jaguar XK – £371
8. BMW X5 – £368
9. BMW 6 Series – £366
10. Ford Transit – £363
Source: Servicing Stop
Porsche, Jaguar and BMW perhaps unsurprisingly had two models each in the top 10 list of priciest services, with Chrysler and Ford also making an appearance.
CEO and founder of Servicing Stop, Oly Richmond, said servicing costs were often overlooked by car buyers before making a decision, with the stats suggesting it should be one aspect motorists consider.
‘Many motorists think about the cost of the car when purchasing a new or second-hand model, but often the running costs go forgotten about,’ he said.
‘You could end up spending twice as much every single year by purchasing a more expensive vehicle to service so make sure to do your research in advance.’
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