Average Cost Of A Car Service In South Africa
It’s a timeless adage and conundrum for most motorists: do I service my car at a dealership, or at an independent workshop? Warranties still dictate the use of genuine parts in new vehicles, but once the warranty and service/maintenance plans have expired, the dilemma for South African vehicle owners of older cars and bakkies is about affordability versus peace of mind.
Most car dealerships will want to “keep you close to home” by conducting all service and maintenance through them, rather than voiding warranties by having their vehicle handled by an independent workshop. In this instance- they are right.
But taking your vehicle to official dealers is also more expensive, mostly because of their higher labour rates, and there are big savings to be had by using an independent workshop.
That all being said, if you do have the option to have your car worked on at either a dealership or workshop, how much can you expect to pay out of pocket for a service at either of these options? We investigate the real value of a service plan compared to paying out of pocket for each service your car requires.
An excerpt from BusinessTech outlines the basic cost for vehicle servicing / maintenance over a 9 year gap. They have compared the cost of maintenance and servicing of the most popular vehicles in 2008 vs 2017.
How much Does a Service Cost on My Car?
- 2008 Entry-Level Vehicles With Retail Prices
- Volkswagen Citi Golf Sport 1.4 i – R82,200
- Chery QQ3 0.8 TX – R65,900
- Opel Corsa Lite Sport – R94,380
- Tata Indica 1.4 LX – R93,995
- Daihatsu Sirion 1.5 Sport – R125,995
- Chana Benni 1.3 Exclusive – R89,900
- Peugeot 107 X Line – R112,700
- Toyota Yaris T1 – R109,200
- Citroen C1 10i Play – R112,995
- 2017 Entry-Level Vehicles With Retail Prices
- Datsun GO 1.2 LUX – R126,900
- VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Conceptline H – R173,800
- Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion – R154,900
- Ford Figo 1.5 Trend Hatch – R187,900
- Toyota Etios 1.5 XS Hatch – R172,200
- Honda Brio 1.2 Comfort – R166,300
- Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression – R124,900
- Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL Hatch – R167,900
- Tata Bolt 1.2 TXT Hatch – R167,995
- VQ Move UP 1.0 3 Door – R180,400
Average Component cost across class in 2008 vs Average cost across class in 2017
- Oil filter – 2008 – R84.46 vs 2017 – R111.65
- Spark plug – 2008 – R142.91 vs 2017 – R105.16
- R/H wiper blade – 2008 – R126.75 vs 2017 – R346.12
- Front brake pad – 2008 – R529.78 vs 2017 – R1 165.61
- Front shock absorber – 2008 – R820.21 vs 2017 – R1 817.79
- Fan belt – 2008 – R304.45 vs 2017 – R427.83
- Cam belt – 2008 – R818.82 vs 2017 – R1 296.99
- Clutch plate – 2008 – R964.83 vs 2017 – R2 077.51
- Radiator – 2008 – R1 925.55 vs 2017 – R3 685.19
- Bonnet – 2008 – R1 798.67 vs 2017- R4 176.73
- Grille – 2008 – R471.07 vs 2017 – R1 539.17
*Prices listed above have been curated from the BusinessTech article titled “How much it costs to service your car in South Africa – compared to 10 years ago”.
As we can see, the cost for out-of pocket (albeit routine) maintenance and servicing with the risk of needing to replace a component over and above the service / maintenance cost can really leave a dent in your monthly budget.
How does out of pocket maintenance and servicing compare to a plan through MotorVaps service and maintenance plan?
As many of us already know, you will never be able to purchase a financial product of this kind for a “set price” – as all premiums are based off of a risk profile assessment. However, if we take the minimum price or “starting price” for Motorvaps Service Plans and Motorvaps Warranties, we can get a good idea.
• The Motorvaps Warranty is priced from* R79.00 pm
• The Motorvaps Service Plan is priced from* R179.00pm
Risk profile dependent*
Optional Extra’s which you can add on to your plans include the Motorvaps Scratch and Dent Plan, which is priced from* R99.00 pm, as well as tyre and rim plans starting at* R79.00 pm.
Let’s take a look at the costs for out-of-pocket service’s vs financial product service plans for a period of two years:
Typically, a “modern” car would require a service every year. Also, one of those services will likely be a minor service, while the other is likely to be a major service.
Over two years, with a service plan from Motorvaps in place (based on minimum pricing), you will pay an *average* total of a little under R5 000.00. Add a warranty into that mix, which will cover mechanical and electrical failure, and in two years you will have paid just under R7 000.00.
In this article excerpt from cars.co.za, the most popular cars have been outlined with their average servicing costs indicted:
Datsun Go 1.2 Lux – Average Service Cost – R 2 207.03
VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Conceptline – Average Service Cost – R 4 076.64
Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion – Average Service Cost – R 3 925.39
If we take a direct comparison to service a vehicle out-of-pocket, we don’t need to look to far to see that immediately, over a two-year period, Motorvaps Service Plans bundled with the Motorvaps Warranty (at “starting prices”) would have already covered the cost of approximately two services! However, with your warranty in place, replacement of mechanical and electrical components are covered (subject to policy outlines), too!
*Prices listed are either excerpted from an article and have accreditation, or have been quoted on the lowest possible premium payable. Ensure you have your risk profile assessed first to see what your monthly premium will be. Information is true at the time of publication and responsibility for errors or omissions is not that of the publisher or supplier. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. T’s & C’s apply.