The most affordable and expensive car parts

Find out whether your car is among the cheapest or most expensive vehicles to maintain

The latest Kinsey Report on car prices has been released and some of the figures quoted are enough to make you want to sell your car and take up cycling.

Compiled by motoring expert Malcolm Kinsey and covering 69 cars in nine categories, the report considers the cost of 34 of the most common parts needed in servicing, general repairs or repairs after crashes.

Kinsey says the price of some car parts have increased rather significantly over the past year as the impact of the weak rand and foreign exchange rate fluctuations “have had an adverse effect on the cost of imports”.

“With a few exceptions, there have been increases in the cost of the 2016 basket of 34 parts – some of which are quite astounding. Wheel rims in some cases are over R20 000 each, doors in excess of R15 000 and if your car is fitted with “intelligent lights” a replacement may be in the R30 000 to R45 000 bracket,” Kinsey says.

“Many manufacturers offer these in place of the relatively affordable halogen for their upmarket vehicles. These components are in the crash parts category and in general this is the area where there has been the steepest price increase.”

Here are some of the winners and the losers of the report:

Entry level (R100 000 – R175 000)

In this category the zippy Datsun Go comes out tops with an overall parts basket price of R43 193, up from R37 631 last year, followed by the Nissan Micra at R55 071 (R44 479 in 2015) and the VW Polo Vivo at R56 968 (R49 805).

From a service perspective, once again the Datsun Go costs the least to service, while the Chevrolet Spark is the most expensive in this category as a result of the high price of crash parts.

Super mini (R163 00 – R243 000)

The Peugeot 208 took the top spot as the cheapest overall parts basket at R79 690, up from R67 463 in 2015, followed by the Renault Sandero at R83 783 (R65 517) and the VW Polo 1.2 TSI at R90 161 (R82 583).

“The Sandero has the most competitive service parts basket at R3 016 closely followed by the Polo at R3 279. Repair parts leaders are the Polo and Chevrolet Sonic, pretty much on a par at R14 500 and R14 700 respectively. Peugeot 208 with R58 781 leads the Sandero with R61 631 and the rest in the crash parts section. Chevrolet again falls down on crash parts prices,” Kinsey says.

Family favourites (R199 400 – R329 900)

The Toyota Corolla Quest and the Prestige have the cheapest parts basket at R72 659 (R69 446) and R76 267 (R67 078) respectively, followed by the Mazda 3 at R97 343, substantially lower than last year’s price of R133 327.

The Golf 7 comes in as the cheapest car to service in this category at R3 968, followed by the Chevrolet Cruze at R4 361, while the cost of repairing a Mazda 3 is the cheapest at R13 272 and the Honda Jazz at R13 520.

“The Toyotas are the least costly for crash parts, the Quest at R50 168 and the Prestige at R54 744. Some brands are very expensive in this section – pushing close to or over R100 000 for the 17 crash parts,” he says.