As a VW and Audi service, we have heard it again and again: German vehicle repairs are more expensive compared to those of American-made automobiles. Is there any truth to this? Obviously, there are a number of factors at play, such as make of vehicle, model and type of repair. German car repairs also often require specific parts, which can add to the cost. However, to say that repairs for an Audi or VW are more expensive is a bit of an overgeneralization.
German Vehicle Repairs Not Always More Expensive
We actually ran a little experiment on the useful site RepairPal. The site provides repair estimates for various car models and types of repairs. For the test, we entered a 2005 VW Jetta as our vehicle and compared it to four other non-German vehicles. We entered these five cars to obtain estimates for five different repairs.
The results? The Jetta was the most expensive for only two of the five repairs: for power steering pump and oxygen sensor.
When thinking about the cost of owning a car, it’s important to consider the overall cost of maintaining the car over its lifetime. This includes factors like mileage, depreciation, and insurance. According to Consumer Reports, several German models were listed as inexpensive to maintain over a five-year period. One example is the Audi Q5 3.2 in the luxury SUV category. The VW Jetta Wagon also made the same list for the minivan and wagon segment.
We Make Repairs Affordable
As you can see, repairs and overall maintenance cost varies. German vehicle repairs are more expensive only in some instances, so don’t let the notion discourage you from driving a German-made car.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Providing Affordable German Car Repairs for 60+ Years
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