Despite what some experts may say, you know that there’s no “good time” to buy a car. But Junior’s going to eventually need a new car to spill juice in, and your time and money need to be budgeted accordingly. Fortunately YourMechanic, which is basically Uber for mechanics (although, weirdly, not mechanics for Uber), compiled their user data in order to do just that: rank the top car brands and models according maintenance costs and maintenance problems.
Grouping car models by brand, luxury cars were unsurprisingly the most expensive to maintain. So, if you really must have that bling, maybe look somewhere other than Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, or BMW, which are the three most expensive brands overall to maintain over the course of a decade, at $12,500, $12,900, and $17,800, respectively (so much for German engineering). Meanwhile, that Toyota you give your buddy grief for driving is only going to run him $5,500 for 10 years.
The breakdown of specific models revealed that the the Chrysler Sebring, BMW 328i, and Nissan Murano had the most overhead, at $17,100, $15,600, and $14,700 respectively — although, to be fair, the cost of maintenance is, like the fifth or sixth thing on the list of things to make fun of about a Chrysler Sebring. The big budgeting winners were Toyota Prius owners who only spent $4,300 comparatively, which explains what they’re so smug about (other than saving the world).
If price is no object for you (congrats!), the report also breaks down the most common maintenance issues according to brand, as well as the cars least likely to start. This might potentially save you from certain design flaws like the exhaust gas recirculation valve on Dodge and Chrysler cars, which need to be replaced roughly 20 times the national average. At the very least, it should keep you from buying that Hummer, which was the biggest non-starter (also in conversations).
Do with all that info what you will, and if what you’ll do is tell Junior that he’s going to keep spilling juice in the back of your college econobox for a more years, good on you. He’ll be begging for the keys eventually, no matter what you drive.
[H/T] Your Mechanic