- Car maintenance is one of the most important things to consider before buying a new car.
- The average new car costs $1,186 a year to maintain and repair, but several cars have much lower maintenance costs.
- We listed eight cars with the lowest maintenance costs, including makes from Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.
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Automobile maintenance might not be the most exciting part of car ownership, but it’s one of the most important things to consider before buying a new car.
Any car owner knows the price you pay at the dealership is hardly the last money you’ll spend on your vehicle. Maintenance and repairs on the average new car costs $1,186 per year, or nearly $12,000 a decade, according the latest data from AAA.
Factor in additional costs like insurance, fuel, and taxes, and you’re looking at spending an average of $8,849 annually.
That’s why it’s smart to look for cars with minimal maintenance requirements — they can save you thousands of dollars over the years. And spending the money on routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations will usually save you cash over time by preventing the need for larger repairs.
With that in mind, we compiled a list of the cars that require the least maintenance and repairs over the first five years of ownership.
Here are the eight cars that cost the least to maintain.
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Toyota Corolla — $710 annual maintenance cost
The trusty Toyota Corolla is the most affordable vehicle on the road in terms of annual maintenance costs, multiple experts said. A Corolla will cost its owner about $350 in annual maintenance costs, though the rate will rise over time. Edmunds’ True Cost to Own calculator predicts an expenditure of just $40 on maintenance in the first year, but up to $1,354 by the fifth.
Toyota Prius — $763 annual maintenance cost
A Prius has relatively low maintenance needs — save for potential battery replacement if you have the car long enough — and thus low maintenance costs. Add to that this pioneering hybrid’s average of 50-plus miles per gallon of gas, and its overall cost of ownership and operation goes down further still.
Honda Accord — $822 annual maintenance cost
The Honda Accord is one of the most reliable cars on the road in general, infrequently experiencing issues requiring a trip to the shop. And when an Accord does need servicing, spare parts are readily available due to the popular car’s ubiquity that costs are kept down on repairs in that way, too.