Revealed: top 10 cars that are the cheapest and most expensive to service

Revealed top 10 cars that are the cheapest and most expensive to service

Every driver knows that running a car can be an expensive business, especially when it comes to paying for the annual service. But how many take the time to research how much those bills might be before buying their next car?

That’s why one national car servicing provider is calling on motorists to do their homework and make sure they know what they are letting themselves in for.

And even if drivers aren’t intending to change their car, it can pay to shop around for routine servicing. Especially given the recent news that Britain’s drivers are keeping their cars for longer than ever, as they put off buying replacement cars.

To help drivers make an informed choice, Servicing Stop compared the bills of 250,000 annual car check-ups to reveal which models are the cheapest to have serviced, and which are the most costly. Is your car one of them?

10 cars that are cheapest to service

Revealed top 10 cars that are the cheapest and most expensive to service_Peugeot 106

Servicing Stop, which allows garages to submit their best bid to service someone’s car, compared the total cost of the service and any extra work required on all cars booked through its platform. This revealed the average bill for each model over the last 12 months.

Oly Richmond, founder of the website, said servicing costs were often overlooked by car buyers. “Many motorists think about the cost of the car when purchasing a new or second-hand model, but often the running costs are forgotten about,” said Richmond.

“You could end up spending twice as much every year by purchasing a more expensive vehicle to service, so make sure to do your research in advance.”

Coming out in top spot is the Peugeot 106. The pint-sized supermini, which stopped being sold in 2003, is the ideal choice for frugally-minded motorists. The typical bill was just £158. That’s a pleasant surprise, given the car’s age and sort of jobs that might need to be performed on an older car.

In second place is a more modern car, the Ford EcoSport, which went on sale in 2014. It came in at £176, which makes it seriously affordable – even for a compact SUV. It also shows Ford hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to making cars that are economical to run as well as buy.

Taking the third spot on the servicing podium is Nissan’s Pulsar. You may not be able to picture this family hatchback, which is an alternative to a Volkswagen Golf, but clearly image isn’t everything, especially for the many drivers who want a car that will make their motoring budget stretch further.

Cheapest cars to service in the UK*

  1. Peugeot 106 – £158
  2. Ford EcoSport – £176
  3. Nissan Pulsar – £180
  4. Ford Kuga – £195
  5. Citroen C1 – £197
  6. Alfa Romeo 147 – £201
  7. Citroen C4 Cactus – £205
  8. Toyota Aygo – £207
  9. Vauxhall Adam – £208
  10. Seat Mii – £210

*According to Servicing Stop


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10 cars that are expensive to service

Revealed top 10 cars that are the cheapest and most expensive to service_Porsche Boxster

It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a Porsche tops the list of the most expensive cars to service, according to website Servicing Stop.

The German-made Boxster, which first went on sale in 1996, will set its driver back an average of £426 a year. It doesn’t help that access to the engine – situated behind the seats – is restricted, meaning some routine jobs can take longer than on a front-engined sports car.

However, owners might well argue that this is a small price to pay to have the keys to one of the most enjoyable roadsters money can buy.

British manufacturer Jaguar takes second place in the cost-crunching survey. Its S-Type, sold between 1999 and 2008, is a plush saloon car that competed with the BMW 5 Series. Owners pay an average of £406 a year to service one.

The third most expensive car to have serviced is a trusty Volvo estate. The XC70 is a go-almost-anywhere estate car with four-wheel drive, raised ground clearance and rugged body cladding. What drivers probably didn’t anticipate is that it would be costly to run, with average bills of £404.

Most expensive cars to service in the UK*

  1. Porsche Boxster – £426
  2. Jaguar S-Type – £406
  3. Volvo XC70 – £404
  4. Porsche Cayenne – £382
  5. BMW Z3 and Z4 – £379
  6. Chrysler Grand Voyager – £373
  7. Jaguar XK – £371
  8. BMW X5 – £368
  9. BMW 6 Series – £366
  10. Ford Transit – £363

*According to Servicing Stop


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9 comments on “Revealed: top 10 cars that are the cheapest and most expensive to service

  1. ron wimpress June 13, 2018 2:00 pm

    very good thanks Ron.

  2. Stuart Crawshaw June 14, 2018 5:28 am

    Peugeot 106 might be cheap to service but check out its crash test, they are a death trap, good that there are very few still about due to age.

  3. Bela Yorke June 14, 2018 11:29 am

    Your service cost analysis is very good and I would like to know how my Skada VRS Fabia would be for full service and small service. Your help with this would be most appreciated.

  4. Barry Neil Sampson June 15, 2018 3:59 pm

    I use a local garage (I have 2) which are known for there good value

  5. Geoff Page June 17, 2018 11:28 am

    Thanks very useful information

  6. mike kemble June 18, 2018 10:17 am

    prices are even more expensive in mainstream dealer garages. When I got a Hyundai, I took it to a mainstream dealer for service. The faults list was not small. I was immediately sceptical and took it to Halfords Auto Centre. The faults list was pure fiction. The only fault was a small split in a track rod rubber gasket which was fixed. This was not on the dealer list. I am now also a Roadserve member which is brilliant.

  7. Patrick Perry June 19, 2018 10:24 am

    Where does a Sandero come on your list

  8. Aaron June 21, 2018 9:42 pm

    Surprised Mercedes aren’t on this list and BMW were in 3 places for most expensive.

  9. Alan Fitch June 26, 2018 2:33 pm

    I did the research beforehand when I bought a Volvo V50 eco model 4 months ago. I know Volvo’s are or can be pricey to run, but the eco model is proving well. So far I am averaging 56.5 per gallon and that is constant. The cheap road tax £30 per annum was also a good incentive. Apart from initial expense of cam belt change and clutch change (a bit pricey) I feel the car will give good service for some time, so I am very happy and can also ride the current fuel increases without too much pain.

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