With most new vehicles sold with either service or maintenance plans, cars aren’t bought for the economy of their parts. However, the second or third owner might not take parts prices lightly, which is where the annual Kinsey Report can be helpful.
Journalist Malcolm Kinsey has released the 2013 parts pricing report which compares a standard basket of service, repair and crash parts across various vehicle categories. This year’s report is the largest to date, covering 69 vehicles, with most of the extra models being found in the increasingly popular crossover category.
In the city car section, the Nissan Micra once again takes number one spot with a total basket price of R23 517, ahead of the Suzuki Alto and Tata Indica.
The Ford Figo, VW Polo Vivo and Renault Sandero, in that order, have the cheapest parts baskets in the entry-level category, although there’s very little difference between them.