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The Least Expensive Cars to Repair

May 20, 2010

Car repairFord wasn't kidding when they said Quality was Job 1.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford vehicles are the least expensive to repair after a collision. This not only saves you big time on repair bills, but also helps out with lower insurance payments and premium hikes.

Motor Trend says Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles all "cost less to repair after a collision compared to other automakers' vehicles in the same segments."

Apparently, it wasn't even close. "Nearly 80 percent of Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln vehicles matched or beat the industry average in vehicle repair."

Toyota was a distant second (together with its Lexus and Scion subsidiaries), placing about 40 percent of its vehicles below the average cost.

Ford's slogan is "Drive One." And if you drive one into a wall, you won't have to break the bank to fix it.

Here is a list of the least expensive vehicles to repair by vehicle segment:

Vehicle TypeWinner
Micro Car Smart Fortwo
Mini Car Mini Clubman
Two-Door Small Car Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Four-Door Small Car Ford Focus
Small Station Wagon Chevrolet HHR
Small Sports Car Audi TT
Midsize Two-Door Car Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Midsize Four-Door Car Honda Accord
Midsize Station Wagon Subaru Outback
Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette
Midsize Luxury Car Saab 9-3
Large Car Ford Taurus
Luxury Car Audi A6 Wagon
Very Large Car Mercury Grand Marquis
Large Wagon Dodge Grand Caravan
Large Luxury Car Lincoln Town Car
Small Pickup GMC Canyon
Full-Size Pickup Ford F-150
Very Large Pickup Ford F-250
Small SUV Mercury Mariner
Midsize SUV Jeep Wrangler
Large SUV Chevy Traverse
Midsize Luxury SUV Volvo XC90
Large Luxury SUV Land Rover LR3
Very Large Luxury SUV Cadillac Escalade
Cargo Van Ford Econoline

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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