The Automotive Association has released its inaugural spare parts pricing guide which includes coverage for 63 different vehicles throughout 10 segments. The guide, wholly researched and published for the first time by the AA this year, covers pricing for service, maintenance and body repair parts.
“After careful consideration of the parts needed across these three sub-categories, we identified a number of common parts which consumers may need to consider over the lifetime of their vehicles. Based on this, we collected pricing from dealerships in Gauteng to ensure fairness in the comparisons across each of the different categories of vehicles we selected. In terms of the vehicles themselves, we looked at popular and where possible, similarly priced models in each category,” says the AA.
The lowest potential cost of ownership of the vehicles surveyed in each category is as follows:
- Entry-level vehicles: Datsun Go – R74 024,80
- Budget vehicles: Ford Figo 1,5 Titanium – R53 254,55
- Compact family vehicles: Mazda CX-3 – R131 920,18
- Family SUVs: Honda CR-V – R171 790,57
- Executive SUVs: Alfa Romeo Stelvio – R179 210,39
- Luxury SUVs: Range Rover Sport – R367 410,19
- Adventure 4×4 vehicles: Ford Everest 2.0 BiT XLT – R117 037,19
- LCV single-cab vehicles: Isuzu D-MAX – R79 038,56
- LCV leisure double-cab vehicles: Ford Ranger 2,0SiT XLT – R96 083,00
These numbers are based on the cumulative Rand values of the service, maintenance and body repair parts. The AA notes that the retail price of some vehicles may already include a limited number of services and a selection of service and/or maintenance parts.
Based on servicing parts alone, the list is as follows:
- Entry-level vehicles: Renault Kwid 1,0 Dynamique – R4 085,84
- Budget vehicles: Ford Figo 1,5 Titanium – R3 347,78
- Compact family vehicles: Peugeot 1,2 Active – R6 011,94
- Family SUVs: Toyota RAV4 – R6 183,32
- Executive SUVs: Alfa Romeo Stelvio – R9 538,53
- Luxury SUVs: Lexus RX – R10 504,97
- Adventure 4×4 vehicles: Isuzu MU-X – R7 444,50
- LCV single-cab vehicles: Ford Ranger 2,2TDCi – R5 747,30
- LCV leisure double-cab vehicles: Ford Ranger 2,0SiT XLT – R5 134,09
- Electric cars: BMW i3 – R11 806,33
Overall service item costs are, predictably, the lowest costs for all vehicles with vehicle body parts the most expensive.
“The AA Spare Parts Pricing Guide is important research consumers must be made aware of. Buyers often don’t consider the potential lifetime costs of vehicles at the time of purchase, and budgeting for these expenses is critical. Our research shows that more and more people are keeping their vehicles for longer due to prevailing economic conditions and personal finance circumstances; the information in our Guide is a critical component of proper research as part of buying a new or second-hand vehicle,” concludes the AA.
The complete AA Spare Parts Pricing Guide is available here.