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The cheapest cars to service in South Africa

The Automobile Association (AA) has released its first spare parts pricing guide, where it details pricing for car parts in South Africa across 11 vehicle categories.

“The guide covers parts pricing for service parts, maintenance parts, and body repair parts,” said the AA.

In order to set up the guide, the AA identified a number of common parts which consumers will likely need to consider during the course of ownership, and combined these parts to form a “basket”.

“Based on this, we collected pricing from dealerships in Gauteng to ensure fairness in the comparisons across each of the different categories of vehicles we selected,” it said.

“In terms of the vehicles themselves, we looked at popular and where possible, similarly-priced models in each category.”

In total, 63 vehicles are included in the guide, divided between the following categories

  • Entry-level
  • Budget
  • Compact
  • Family SUV
  • Executive SUV
  • Luxury SUV
  • Sport Executive
  • Adventure 4×4
  • LCV Single Cab
  • LCV Leisure Double Cab
  • Electric cars

“Electric cars have been assessed as they are critical for the future of mobility. As it is still too early to determine exactly what parts will be needed over the lifetime of the vehicles, a selection of parts is listed for reference purposes,” said the AA.

Service parts

According to the AA, service parts have the lowest costs for all vehicles – with vehicle body parts being the most expensive.

“Buyers often don’t consider the potential lifetime costs of vehicles at the time of purchase, and budgeting for these expenses is critical,” it said.

Detailed below are the vehicles in South Africa with the lowest service parts basket cost, according to the AA.

Entry-level – Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique

  • Service parts basket cost – R4,085.84

Budget – Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium

  • Service parts basket cost – R3,347.78

Compact Family – Peugeot 2008 1.2 Active

  • Service parts basket cost – R6,011.94

Family SUV – Toyota RAV4 2.0 VX

  • Service parts basket cost – R6,183.32

Executive SUV – Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T Super Q4

  • Service parts basket cost – R9,538.53

Luxury SUV – Lexus RX 450h SE

  • Service parts basket cost – R10,504.97

Sport Executive – BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe

  • Service parts basket cost – R9,142.22

Adventure 4×4 – Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4WD

  • Service parts basket cost – R7,444.50

LCV Single Cab – Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi

  • Service parts basket cost – R5,747.30

LCV Leisure Double Cab – Ford Ranger 2.0SiT XLT FX4

  • Service parts basket cost – R5,134.09

Electric Car – BMW i3 eDrive

  • Service parts basket cost – R11,806.33

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