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Cheapest cars to repair in 2021

Stephen Wright, 12 days ago

4 min read

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  • Repair
Fiat 500 2021

WhoCanFixMyCar reveals which of the UK's most popular car manufacturers was the cheapest to maintain, service and repair over the last 12 months

VW may well be celebrating the fact that last year it became the most popular new car manufacturer in the UK, knocking Ford off its perch for the first time in over 50 years. But does that good news extend to the cost of maintaining, servicing and repairing its cars?

WhoCanFixMyCar decided to put VW and the other top 20 most popular new car manufacturers of 2021 (according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)) to the test.

Using data from the 750,000 plus drivers that use the UK’s largest online car maintenance marketplace every year to check prices from over 15,000 garages, WhoCanFixMyCar has ranked the manufacturers according to the average cost of replacing brake discs and pads, cambelt and clutch together with an annual MOT and full service across their model range.

Contents:

Brake pads and discs

Cambelts

Clutches

Full service

MOT

Brake discs and pads

Kia Sportage

When it comes to those all-important replacement brake discs and pads, VW are a bit like Wolves in the Premiership, having to settle for mid-table respectability, when they would much rather be pushing for a Europa League place at least. That honour goes to Kia (pictured above), who, with an average repair price of £241.71, came out cheapest of all the UK’s top 20 most popular manufacturers of 2021, followed closely by Mazda, Ford, Hyundai, and Honda.

ManufacturerAverage Prices of Brake Pads & Discs
Kia249.71
Mazda257.28
Ford259.14
Hyundai268.71
Honda270.46

Cambelts

Fiat 500 2021

Sadly, history would appear to be repeating itself for VW when it comes to the average cost of a cambelt replacement, with the iconic German brand losing out once again to its main rivals, most notably Ford, finishing only 13th in our Top 20 with an average price of £319.97 across all models.

Congratulations must go to Fiat (pictured above) who came in almost £100 cheaper at £221.26, followed by Vauxhall, MG, Citroen, Jaguar and Volvo when we analysed the thousands of lines of data generated by drivers using WhoCanFixMyCar.

ManufacturerAverage Price of Cambelt
Fiat221.26
Vauxhall235.86
MG264.33
Citroen275.89
Jaguar280.96

Clutches

Fiat Badge

Fiat are clearly on a roll now. Not content with just being the cheapest manufacturer on average for a cambelt replacement, they’ve also taken the top honour for clutches, with the cost of a replacement clutch at your local garage coming in at £406.95, followed by Hyundai, Kia, BMW and then Mazda.

ManufacturerAverage Price of Clutch
Fiat406.95
Hyundai426.61
Kia429.84
BMW466.84
Mazda483.19

Full service

MG ZS

All good things must come to an end, and for Fiat that came with the average cost of a full service in 2021. MG (pictured above) walks away with this particular honour thanks to an average price of £169.81, followed in this particular instance by Toyota, Peugeot, Hyundai and Skoda.

ManufacturerAverage Price of Full Service
MG169.81
Toyota170.43
Peugeot170.71
Hyundai171.04
Skoda171.29

MOT

MG Badge

There was little if nothing in terms of price differential when it came to the average cost of an MOT for the UK’s top 20 most popular car manufacturers, with MG (pictured above) once again coming out cheapest in this particular category with an average price in 2021 of £40.13. They were followed by literally a matter of pence by Jaguar, Mazda, Fiat and Ford.

ManufacturerAverage Price of MOT
MG40.13
Jaguar40.57
Mazda40.62
Fiat40.67
Ford40.71

And the overall winner is…

It’s congratulations to Fiat. The Italian manufacturer may have sold the second least in terms of volume in 2021 according to the SMMT, but when it comes to value for money in terms of the annual cost of maintenance, service and repair they are streets ahead of their competitors, with a potential bill of £1121.69 followed by Kia (£1,228.58), Ford (£1,246.26), Vauxhall (£1,273.58) and Toyota (£1,290.48).

As for VW, well in the words of my school report, ‘they could do better’, particularly when it comes to bridging the average cost gap with their arch nemesis Ford.

ManufacturerTotal Average Price
Fiat1121.69
Kia1228.58
Ford1246.26
Vauxhall1273.58
Toyota1290.48
Nissan1294.9
Peugeot1298.81
Hyundai1305.33
Skoda1319.42
Citroen1320.2
VW1339.42
Honda1344.47
Mazda1364.15
MG1381.62
Volvo1387.81
Audi1514.18
Land Rover1541.36
Jaguar1630.28
MINI1739.17
BMW1835.18
Mercedes1857.81

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