“Shopping around can still pay dividends. Manufacturers are only allowed to set a ‘recommended selling price’. While individual dealerships may charge whatever they feel is fair and reasonable. Large volume sellers are competitively easy to compare prices, but the lower volume brands may only have a single franchise and getting a ‘second quote’ may involve considerable travelling,” said Kinsey.The 2015 edition of the Kinsey Report shows some ‘alarmingly high prices’ which Kinsey accredits to the deteriorating rand. The analyst pointed out that there are cases where ‘we are not comparing like for like’. An example of this is the rear fender, which may be just that, or a complete side with door apertures. In making up the list, Kinsey said that consideration is given to the NAAMSA monthly sales figures which indicate the volume of sales for each vehicle. Kinsey also comments that the area of crash parts is probably the most important in the study and is certainly the most costly.
“Vehicles with aluminium body panels and chassis components, for example, are complicated and very expensive to repair. Some are even written off when the repair costs reach 50% of the resale value of the vehicle.”Other items that show big discrepancies include fan belts and flywheels, the report said.
“It’s a great first-time purchase, making owning a new car affordable. It may lack a few refinements like ABS brakes and airbags, but it’s a solid little vehicle for basic transport."Second overall in parts is the Nissan Micra at R44 479 (both these two sourced from India). While third is the Polo Vivo at R49 805. Best for servicing parts is the fourth placed Ford Figo followed by the Micra and Chevrolet Spark. The GO shines in repair parts and crash parts with Micra second and Figo third in repair parts and GO, Micra and Polo Vivo taking the top three spots in crash parts.
“In the repair portion, you are better off with a Fiat 500 while accident parts costs are lowest for the Sandero, followed by the Peugeot 208 and Fiat.”
“We are not exactly comparing apples with apples here, since we are have included two half-tonne bakkies in with six full tonners.”The Nissan NP 200, with a parts basket of R47 026, beats out the NP 300 Hardbody for first spot. The Chev Utility 1.4 Club takes third. The Nissan Hardbody seeks out first place for servicing a mere R23 less than the Np 200 with the Chev Utility in third. The Chev Utility has best repair parts basket ahead of the two Nissans, which are best for crash parts. Among the one tonners – the Isuzu 250 leads the Toyota Hilux, Mazda BT 50, Ford Ranger 2.2 and VW Amarok.