What Are the Most Cost Effective Cars to Fix?

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A recent study released by the automotive website CarMD has calculated which vehicles are the most and least expensive to repair. According to the report, based upon repair data culled from the site’s network of 3,000 U.S. car mechanics, the top five least costly car brands to fix are:

  1. Toyota
  2. Hyundai
  3. Honda
  4. Ford
  5. General Motors.

The brands in slots six to ten are Mitsubishi, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen, and Chrysler.

This report differs from other surveys, in that it compares single models and companies overall, and combines the number of repairs with the repair charge to calculate the ranking. Although the report used data for vehicles from 2001 to 2011, the statistics are predominantly taken from 2011 through the first day of October. The study’s ratings of manufacturers were based on a sum of all their brands. For instance, the ranking for General Motors includes brands and models from Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC. Toyota’s ranking includes Lexus and Scion.

The highest rated model, or most cost effective to maintain and repair, was the 2009 Toyota Corolla, which not only had scarce visits to the repair shop but also a low median repair charge of $45.84. Other honorable mentions in the report were for the Hyundai Elantra and Ford Edge.

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