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30 Most Expensive Cars to Maintain : You Wouldn’t Believe Who is #6

Do you believe people just buy cars and never know how much it may cost to maintain it? Yes, People actually sometimes have no clue, but for the most part, most car owners know which brand of cars that’ll burn a hole in your pocket

Quick story:

When I worked for a major tire repair chain, a nice young lady came in to have us check her tires for her. She was driving a 2010 Audi A7. The car was fully loaded with all the bells and whistles that you could ask for.

We told her she needed tires, and boy was she pissed. She said what do you mean I need tires? I just bought this car. That’s not the end when we gave her the price to replace all 4 tires that was the last straw for her. The cost was $1,200.

We calmed her down and explained to her why this particular car’s tires don’t last and she didn’t want to hear it as if we were the ones who sold her the car.

Lesson learned from this, that’s why they call them salesman. A salesman’s job is to make the sale by any means necessary, even it means leaving out that it’s gonna cost you $1,200 to replace all 4 tires.

This is actually very simple to figure out. The general rule of thumb is that the more expensive cars will cost more to keep them running while the cheaper cars will cost a lot less. Practically people own the same car for a maximum period of about 10 years. So we have prepared this article accordingly. We have only considered the running costs for the first 10 years.


It is quite logical to figure why expensive cars cost more compared to cheaper cars. Everything from the parts to be replaced to the cost of workmanship is more expensive for luxury brands. As per our estimates, the most expensive cars to maintain are manufactured by German automotive giant BMW. here is a full list of cars ranked according to the cost involved in maintaining them in working order.

The list

1 BMW $17,800
2 Mercedes-Benz $12,900
3 Cadillac $12,500
4 Volvo $12,500
5 Audi $12,400
6 Saturn $12,400
7 Mercury $12,000
8 Pontiac $11,800
9 Chrysler $10,600
10 Dodge $10,600
11 Acura $9,800
12 Infiniti $9,300
13 Ford $9,100
14 Kia $8,800
15 Land Rover $8,800
16 Chevrolet $8,800
17 Buick $8,600
18 Jeep $8,300
19 Subaru $8,200
20 Hyundai $8,200
21 GMC $7,800
22 Volkswagen $7,800
23 Nissan $7,600
24 Mazda $7,500
25 Mini $7,500
26 Mitsubishi $7,400
27 Honda $7,200
28 Lexus $7,000
29 Scion $6,400
30 Toyota $5,500

About Author

Collin Whittaker

My name is Collin and I am the editor and founder of My Used Car Blog. A little bit about my background – I’ve been an automotive technician for 10 plus years and I have worked for companies like Honda, Nissan, and other major automotive repair shops. I am a husband and a dad to three beautiful kids. My reason for starting this blog/website stems from my love and passion for the automotive industry. I will provide expert and insightful information from my years of experience.

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