Apr 222014
 

ServicingLet’s state the obvious shall we? Shopping around for servicing could save families hundreds. What Car? analysed costs for 10 of the most popular cars in the UK across eight regions and found an average gap of £126 between the cheapest and most expensive services.

Apparently Scottish and Welsh motorists enjoy the cheapest prices in the UK on average (£210 and £217 respectively), while the South East is the most expensive region, with an average cost of £244.

According to What Car? Magazine Scottish and Welsh motorists enjoy the cheapest prices in the UK on average (£210 and £217 respectively), while the South East is the most expensive region, with an average cost of £244.

Table showing average service costs by region

Region Average service cost
Scotland £210
Wales £217
North East £218
West £223
Midlands £225
North West £235
London £242
South East £244

 

What Car? analysed the cost of the first service (including VAT) for the 10 most searched-for cars on its website.

In some cases, the difference in costs by region meant that car owners willing to shop around and travel could make significant savings, equivalent to slap-up lunches in a three-star Michelin restaurant, nights in four-star hotels or family days out.

Emma Butcher, consumer editor of What Car?, said: “The cost of running a car is often a strain on already stretched household bills. That’s particularly the case with servicing because it is one of those items that could be sacrificed to save pennies.

“It pays in peace of mind to have your car serviced yearly, and it needn’t be such a bitter financial pill to swallow if you put in a little time.

“Just remember that nearest can also be dearest – just because your local dealer is more convenient doesn’t mean it will be most cost-effective.”

Among the 10 models analysed by What Car?, even different vehicles built in the same factory, or with the same mechanical underpinnings, generated varying service costs.

The Audi A3, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf share many components, including engines, but What Car? found that it costs almost two thirds (62%) more on average to service an A3 over an Octavia. In Wales, that increase in cost leapt to 93%.

Table showing service costs for 10 popular models

Model Average Price Highest Lowest Difference
Range Rover £444 £587 £367 £220
Nissan Juke £199 £309 £149 £160
Vauxhall Zafira £184 £289 £138 £151
Peugeot 3008 £199 £257 £125 £132
BMW X3 £254 £325 £198 £127
Audi A1 £250 £306 £183 £123
Volkswagen Golf £174 £245 £139 £106
Ford Fiesta £170 £219 £121 £98
Mercedes-Benz C-Class £260 £297 £216 £81
Toyota Yaris £136 £165 £109 £56

Emma Butcher said: “When you buy a car with a premium badge you pay up front on the cost of the car, but it’s worth remembering that the additional outlay is transferred across the life of the car.”

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