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Spending Less On Maintenance

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Organised types will think very carefully about all aspects of car ownership before investing. Apart from the obvious fuel costs, servicing and maintenance are regular necessary evils which can vary enormously. Data analysed by the car-pricing experts at CAP has revealed the cheapest and most expensive cars to keep on the road, based upon three years of ownership and covering 12,000 miles every year.

The tenth-cheapest car for servicing and maintenance is the sensible little Volkswagen Polo 1.2, which costs £635 over 36 months. It is followed by its VW Group stablemate, the Seat Toledo 1.2, at £627. The Peugeot Bipper Tepee 1.3 Hdi just beats that at £626 over three years, with the Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI the seventh-cheapest car to maintain at £617. In sixth place, the Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet costs £609 to run over 35 months, followed by the VW e-Up in fifth at £598. The Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet comes in fourth at £583, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV third at £575 and the Fiat Punto 1.3 Multijet is second on £569. The UK's cheapest car to run based upon servicing and maintenance costs is the Fiat Panda 1.3 Multijet, costing £542 over three years.

The other end of the scale, the ten most expensive cars to service and maintain over three years (going in reverse order) starts with the Audi RS6 Avant, costing an astonishing £4,159 for 36 months of servicing and maintenance. The Audi R8 is next at £4,243, while eighth place goes to the Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 litre V8 Auto, costing £4,774. Three years of Bentley Continental servicing and maintenance costs £5,431, while the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is the sixth most expensive car to maintain at £5,959 over 36 months. The Porsche 911 GT3 comes in at number five, costing £6,132, with the glorious Aston Martin Rapide S in fourth place, costing £6,290 over three years. Aston Martin DB9 V12 Auto owners will need to find £6,449 every three years to keep their cars on the road, while the second most expensive car to maintain is the Aston Martin Vanquish, costing £6,546.

The most expensive car may come as something of a surprise, costing far less to buy than any of the others on this list and wearing a far less prestigious badge. However the Nissan GT-R takes the ignominious crown of the UK's most expensive car to service and maintain over three years, costing an amazing £7,383 for 36 months of ownership.

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