02 Jul To 150,000 miles and beyond: Here’s how vehicle make affects maintenance
You love your car, right? You change its oil, you rotate the tires, you even regularly treat it to a nice wash at Scrubby’s.
But even the most tender care isn’t always enough to keep a vehicle on all four wheels, especially as it racks up mileage. A Popular Mechanics breakdown studied maintenance that accumulates over time, and as you might guess, costs tend to increase right along with use.
According to their numbers, the average maintenance cost for a car with up to 25,000 miles is about $1,400, a sum that includes oil changes and other basic work. The costs only go up from there, usually cresting in the 75-100,000 mile range. Costs actually drop beyond that, which PM attributes to people exchanging their vehicles or simply having replaced much of a vehicle’s original parts over time.
Interestingly enough, the study found different brands consistently have lesser maintenance costs at different stages of their lives. Up to the first 75,000 miles, your best bet for low cost is going to be along the lines of a Hyundai, Toyota or Honda, a durability that doesn’t change much as the cars get older. Luxury vehicle makes such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW typically start high and stay high for costs, but if you’re looking for a ride that ages like fine wine, you might try a Subaru — their average costs as a make push these vehicles into a strong long-haul showing relative to other major brands.
No matter where your own vehicle is on the car-health timeline, a good scrub is always what the doctor ordered. To 100,000 miles and beyond, we’re here to get you looking fresh!