Owning a car can be expensive. And the big-spending doesn't end with purchasing a vehicle. There are running and maintenance costs to think about as well, and that includes replacement parts. It’s short-sighted to decide which car to buy based solely on its price tag, although that’s the road most often travelled.
Routine car maintenance is crucial; it’s what ensures that you derive maximum value from your monetary investment on the car purchase. That's precisely why one must consider maintenance cost when choosing which car to buy unless you have all the money in the world.
In this posting, we will talk about which car makes have the cheapest car parts.
Brands with the Cheapest Replacement Parts
Generally, the popularity of a manufacturer and accessibility of its replacement parts primarily determine how cheap a replacement part will be. All things put together, below are my nominees for brands with the cheapest replacement parts. Stay attentive.
I am a fan of the Toyota brand. It isn’t Toyota’s cars (although they make beautifully designed cars) that I’m so crazy about; it's what the brand represents. Producing low-priced but high-quality products are at the heart of the business' mission. This commitment is most certainly one reason why Toyota continues to be the world's bestselling car manufacturer.
Toyota vehicles enjoy the reputation of reliability that they've been known for all through these years. The Toyota Camry or Corolla sedans are so popular you could have trouble locating your car in a crowded parking lot, which brings us to why they top our list.
Toyota parts are affordable and easy to find, due to Toyota's fame. The Toyota Camry XL version (Avalon), Tacoma, and Corolla stand out as three of the cheapest vehicles to maintain on Motor1's list of cheapest cars to maintain. Why? The cars are reliable and their parts, affordable.
Honda is another brand with a reputation for endurance and reliability. For your information, Honda sits at number four on Motoring Research’s list of the world’s best-selling car brands. Also, the Honda Accord, CR-V, and Odyssey rank in numbers 2, 5, and 7 respectively on Motor1's list of cheapest cars to maintain.
Honda’s fame explains why it takes up the second spot in our list. The replacement parts are not only low cost but are also easily accessible, due to the mass market acceptance of the brand's vehicles.
If you are price-conscious but love sportscars, the Ford Mustang might be the car for you. The Ford Mustang is about the cheapest sports car to maintain. I know what you're thinking "A sportscar? Cheap to maintain? How can this be?"
Ford’s vehicles (in general) were slated in the third position as amongst the best-selling cars in the world in 2018. With over 9,000 dealerships across the globe, Ford parts are made available and affordable worldwide. Since this sport-ish Ford shares the same auto parts and platforms with other standard sedans, you can buy a Ford and rest assured, you are getting a vehicle whose replacement parts are accessible and cheap.
Ford also offers a part service that allows users to find and order vehicle parts at very cheap rates. The Ford Mustang and F-150 are two of the most affordable vehicles to maintain both on maintenance and parts replacement.
The brand ranks just after Honda in the Motoring Research list of best-selling brands. Since its founding in 1993, Nissan has grown itself to be one of the industry's most reliable and reputable brands. The brand continually delivers on its promise of serving every societal class with style and quality. Like every other brand that made our list, Nissan’s fame has made the availability of replacement parts very easy.
The Nissan Titan XD pickup truck and the Nissan Pathfinder are notable models of this brand that do well in terms of cheap parts and maintenance is. These vehicles may not be top sellers in their categories, but they lead their pack in terms of parts and repair costs.
The Jeep Wrangler—Jeep’s best seller— is another relatively cheap vehicle to maintain. The American carmaker is one of the oldest brands in the automotive industry. It has established itself as a highly reliable car maker. Jeep's vehicles are loved for their durability and strength on the road and any other terrains. Again, the brand's fame has made the part readily available over its covering range at very affordable prices.
#FPP: Frequently Purchased Car Parts
It is useful to be aware of the car parts and supplies you are likely to frequently purchase, regardless of the car brand or model that you own. Here is a list of a few of them:
- Oil filters: The vehicle's lubrication system is vital for the proper functioning of the car. It is expected that you replace oil filters every 5,000km to 20,000km, depending on the vehicle's manufacturer specifications.
- Air filters: Driving regularly on a dusty or un-tarred road will shorten the lifespan of your air filter. Refusing to change them will minimise the airflow to your engines and will reduce fuel efficiency.
- Brake pads and rotors: The brake pads are forced onto the rotors each time you step on the brake pedal to slow down the wheels. In other words, as you engage your brakes, your brake pads wear out. So they'll need to be replaced from time to time.
- Ball joints: They allow the front wheels to move on the vertical axis. Each time your car hits a bump or pothole, the ball joints take the hit.
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By Damilare Olasinde