While we are aware that every vehicle needs some form of maintenance the cost of maintaining a vehicle is hardly ever a consideration we make when purchasing a vehicle. This becomes a normal and accepted part of ownership which pops up on us at regular intervals, but if you had the data to know how maintenance costs would affect the cost of ownership of your vehicle you might choose to take this cost into consideration when purchasing a vehicle; and you should. The team at YourMechanic has put together reports that give us the data we need to see what brands and what models are more likely to have higher maintenance costs per a specified number of miles.
When it comes to brands, Hyundai ranked as the least expensive brand to maintain over the first 75,000 miles on the road while BMW ranked the most expensive. For owners of Hyundai models, like the new Santa Fe Sport, the cost was around $4,000 for that first set of miles and BMW came in at over three times that amount at $13,300. This was an average across all models for the brand with the ten least expensive brands to maintain being Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Scion, Mazda, Honda, Volkswagen and Acura.
As you look to those vehicles that are on the road longer the brands that perform the best change some. YourMechanic took a look at the first 150,000 miles of ownership and found that Scion performed the best with a cost of maintenance of $10,400 on average. BMW still showed itself as the most expensive brand to maintain over this time on the road with an average of $28,600 just for maintenance costs. If you knew you were going to drive your vehicle for many miles you would want the brans with the lowest cost of ownership which would be Scion, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Lexus, Hyundai, Nissan, Mazda, Kia and Volkswagen over the first 150,000 miles on the road.