Date: December 29, 2013
Know Cars with Lowest Maintenance Costs in India. Cost Associated with Owning a Petrol Car against Diesel Car
Updated in June 2014
Buying a car is one part of the story and owning a car is another part.
Car Maintenance basically involves Periodic Servicing of Car, which includes inspecting Car, Engine and other sub parts with fluid and Oil Top Up. Regular Periodic Maintenance not only aids life of car through Optimal Performance, but also adds driving Experience with best Output and Mileage.
Periodic Maintenance Includes a Number of Factors, primarily been :-
- Engine Oil, Brake Oil, Coolant Top up
- Replacement and cleaning of Air Filter, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter etc
- Complete Car Wash with Tightening of loose bolts, screws and replacing missing screws
- Wheel Alignment along with Tyre Rotation
- Check Spark Plugs, Lights, Power Steering oil etc
- Replacement of Faulty Parts which happen like Wear & Tear of Clutch, Brake Pad, Wipers
Diesel Cars have higher prices for changing :-
» Oil Filter, Fuel Filter : Its priced much higher as against Petrol Cars. For every 10,000 Kms - Oil Filter & Fuel Filter are required to be changed which cost Rs. 1600-1700 in car like Swift Diesel, while in Petrol it will cost Rs. 550.
» Synthetic Oil : The capacity of Engine Oil is slight more in Diesel Cars. Also, some of diesel hatch & sedan recommends Synthetic Oil (which though is considered much improved over Mineral Oil) is priced almost 3 to 4 times as against Mineral Oil and is big culprit for jacking up Service costs. For Instance:- Engine Oil used is Mineral Oil in Petrol (Hatch Car) which costs Rs. 850 for 3 Lit, while in Diesel it will cost approx Rs. 2900. Also, Coolant which is poured in Diesel Cars is priced almost 40% higher due to higher additives
» Service Interval : Service Interval including replacement of Fuel Filter, Air Filter and wear & tear of parts happens more quickly as against Petrol Cars and is required to be replaced much quickly as against Petrol Cars, however Petrol Cars has additional minor expenditure of Spark Plug replacement which will cost Rs. 300 - 400 (expected from 20K - 30K Kms) .
» Other Parts : In terms of Part Replacement - Clutch Plate like cost much higher in Diesel Cars. Also, Battery Replacement which is generally done after 3 to 4 yrs - is priced almost 35% - 40% higher than Petrol cars.
On overall basis - the extent could be 50p per Km (Especially where Synthetic Oil is used) with Diesel Cars in Initial 4 yrs and can tend to be higher on Longer term basis. (In Rupee terms - its in range of Rs. 12,000 - 15,000, for every 30,000 Kms as higher Maintenance Cost of Diesel Cars as against Petrol Cars. )
Cars with Lowest Maintenance Costs in India
Below is the Sequence of Lowest Maintenance Cars in India
Engine less than 1 Litre < Petrol Hatch < Petrol Sedan < Diesel Hatchback < Diesel Sedan < SUV Cars
Maintenance Costs (5 yr or 50K Kms) :- In Term of Estimated costs :-
» For owning a Entry Hatch - it can cost approx Rs. 15,000 - 17,000 for 5 yr / 50,000 kms.
» Mid Petrol Hatch - approx Rs. 18,000 - 20,000 for 5 yr / 50,000 Kms
» Rs. 22,000 - 25,000 for Diesel Hatch with Mineral Oil,
» Rs. 25,000 - 30,000 for Diesel Hatch with Synthetic Oil
» Maintenance Cost of Petrol Sedan will be approx Rs. 20,000 - 30,000 for 5 yr / 50,000 Kms,
» Diesel Sedan Maintenance can cost approx Rs. 25,000 - 40,000 (basis Oil & Service Interval)
» Executive Diesel Sedan Cars Maintenance in range of Rs. 30,000 - 50,000
Small cars like Alto, Hyundai Eon, Maruti Wagon R, Ford Figo, Chevy Spark etc wins the race of been lowest Maintenance cars.
In terms of Model Specific Service Cost Comparison, suggest to follow Model Wise Service Cost as put of every car model :-
|Tata Nano||New Honda City|
|Datsun Go||Volkswagen Vento|
|Chevrolet Beat||Hyundai Verna|
|Honda Brio||Skoda Rapid|
|Volkswagen Polo||Entry Sedan - Dzire,Amaze,Xcent|
|Maruti Swift||Toyota Etios|
|Nissan Micra Diesel||Toyota Innova|
|Hyundai Grand i10||Swift Dzire Diesel|
|Maruti Ertiga||Mahindra XUV500|
|Ford Figo||Ford Ecosport|
|Diesel Hatch - i20 Vs Swift||Renault Duster|
|Chevrolet Sail||Fiat Punto,Linea Service Cost|
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