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Least Expensive Cars to Repair

November 17, 2011

A report released this week by CarMD, which collects repair data from its netowrk of 3,000 U.S. mechanics, shows that Toyota and Hyundai have the lowest repair costs among all car brands.

Repair costs can be a huge hidden expense, especially if you plan on keeping your vehicle for a long time.

The study looked at the repair costs incurred for each model over a one year period.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla had the lowest average repair cost at only $45.84 followed by the 2008 Honda CR-V with $91.25 in repair costs.

Surprisingly, luxury brands fared the worst - not because of high repair costs, but because they needed repairs more often.

Here are the final rankings by car manufacturer:

  1. Toyota
  2. Hyundai
  3. Honda
  4. Ford
  5. GM
  6. Mitsubishi
  7. Nissan
  8. Kia
  9. Volkswagen
  10. Chrysler


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- Gregg Fidan

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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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