Posted 12 September, 2018 at 10:46
An online car garage and repair marketplace has revealed that drivers could save considerable money if they opted for the small Volkswagen Polo over the larger Golf. The site analysed more than 300,000 data points to reveal which hatchback cars cost the most to maintain across three best-selling brands: Volkswagen, Vauxhall and Ford.
A site connecting car garages and repair centres with drivers in need of repairs, servicing and MOTs has released internal data, which shows that the Volkswagen Polo is the least expensive hatchback to maintain across the UK’s best-selling brands.
WhoCanFixMyCar.com found that when looking at the most common repair jobs, the Volkswagen Polo had the lowest average repair cost of £214.05. The Ford Fiesta is the second cheapest at £230.07, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa at £238.21.
Larger car models, Focus, Astra and Golf, are consistently more expensive to repair than each brand’s smaller counterparts, Fiesta, Corsa and Polo. The Volkswagen Golf is considerably more expensive to maintain than the Volkswagen Polo, with repairs costing 21% more on average. Ford and Vauxhall have a much smaller cost gap between models, the Vauxhall Astra is just 8% more expensive than the Corsa, and the Focus is just 1% more costly to repair on average than the Fiesta.
Here is the breakdown of the average repair cost of the best selling hatchback models:
The Volkswagen models are more expensive on average for routine maintenance such as car batteries, brake pad replacements and servicing. The Golf in particular is also pricey for some non-routine repairs such as exhaust repairs and cambelt changes. When WhoCanFixMyCar.com analysed the percentage of jobs posted by service type, it discovered that 13% of Volkswagen Golf jobs were for a cambelt change, which is more than double the sitewide average across all other vehicles, and is 5% higher than the Ford Focus and 6% higher than the Vauxhall Astra.
The average age of a VW vehicle for a cambelt change on the site is 5 years, whereas it is 10 years for a Vauxhall and Ford car. Different manufacturers suggest different intervals for a cambelt change, but leaving it for 10 years can be risky, because if it snaps it can cause much more expensive damage to a vehicle. Cambelt replacement costs based on the make and model of a car can be found here.
Vauxhall was revealed as the most expensive manufacturer for a handful of larger repair jobs such as clutch replacement, head gasket and gearbox repairs. A Vauxhall gearbox repair is 27% more expensive than Ford and 17% more expensive than Volkswagen. Gearbox repair costs based on the make and model of a car can be found here.
WhoCanFixMyCar.com is an online car garage and repair marketplace connecting more than 11,800 garage and repair centres with drivers around the UK. The site has 1.2m users and recently processed more than 155,000 quotes through the site in one month.
Alistair Preston, Co-Founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said,
“We decided to compare the best selling hatchbacks because often drivers struggle to decide which model to purchase. The cost of maintenance is increasingly becoming a larger factor in the purchasing decision, so we believe it’s useful to know which of the UK’s popular hatchbacks are the most expensive to maintain.
“Although it’s pretty tight between the brands in terms of average maintenance cost, there are some big differences when you look a little closer. The difference between the Golf and Polo is vast, something to consider if you can’t choose between the two models. Vauxhall come out expensive on some of the larger repair jobs too, so depending how old the vehicle is that you are purchasing you could get some unexpected repair bills.
“Volkswagen Golfs have a good reputation for being a reliable solid vehicle, but if money is a consideration, it may be worth looking at a VW Polo instead, which is on average the cheapest hatchback to maintain. Regardless of what car you have, it’s always worth comparing repair costs and garages to make sure you get the best deal.”