Car prices, fuel prices, toll roads - these are the big phrases on the hit list when motorists talk about the increasing cost of getting from A to B, and rightfully so.
But one factor that doesn't get as much of the limelight is parts pricing. Sure, many cars come with service plans these days, but for those owners planning to keep their cars beyond that and those buying used, parts pricing can certainly tighten or loosen that noose around the neck.
Thankfully there is one man who makes it his mission to keep car companies on their toes when it comes to parts pricing. Malcolm Kinsey is known for a lot more than just his colourful shoe laces - every year the charismatic Durbanite compiles a comprehensive parts pricing comparison and this year's list is bigger than ever, with 64 vehicles in eight categories.
Rather than relying on the manufacturers to provide parts prices, Kinsey contacted the dealer network for genuine parts only and 34 different parts were surveyed, everything from air and oil filters to spark plugs, brake pads, cam belts, clutch plates, flywheels, aircon compressors and even body parts like bonnets, bumpers, windscreens and doors.
The results are not always as clear-cut as we'd like, which is why Kinsey asks us to bear in mind that some parts are sold in bundles and some components have a longer lifespan than others.
Once all the prices were tallied up, Kinsey calculated a total basket price, which was then worked out as a percentage of the vehicle's list price in order to rank the vehicles.
KIA PERFORMED POORLY
Surprisingly the best percentage belongs to the Tata Xenon double cab with a parts basket costing 18.44 percent of the vehicle's price (although all the bakkies actually did quite well) and Tata's Indica was among the worst performers (50.16 percent). The worst performer overall was the Kia Rio 1.4 TEC at 52.67 percent and the Picanto wasn't far behind at 50.7 percent. In fact, Kia performed quite poorly across the board.
Also rather disappointing on the entry level front was the Toyota Etios (42 percent) and a previous high scorer, the Renault Sandero, at 41.17 percent.