Cost of servicing your car

Cost of servicing your car

Hyundai Grand i10 1.25 Fluid

Below are 3 quotes from different workshops in Gauteng. Some offer engine flush and windscreen washer fluid. The total reflects these extras. But at least you can get a comparison of the actual part prices. We urge you to shop around and find the right workshop for your car. Get at least 3 quotes and supply your VIN number to get the correct parts for your car.

Updated: October 2023

Air Filter

 

  • Mechanic 1: R404
  • Mechanic 2: R367
  • Mechanic 3: R222

 

 

  • Mechanic 1: R122
  • Mechanic 2: R92
  • Mechanic 3: R112
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    • Mechanic 1: R318
    • Mechanic 2: R275
    • Mechanic 3: R359

     

    • Mechanic 1: R981
    • Mechanic 2: R614
    • Mechanic 3: R971

     

    • Mechanic 1: R840
    • Mechanic 2: R381
    • Mechanic 3: R472

     

    • Mechanic 1: R1100
    • Mechanic 2: R1518
    • Mechanic 3: R805

     

    • Mechanic 1: R140
    • Mechanic 2: R110
    • Mechanic 3: R103

    Take a guess who is an e-CAR workshop?

    Parts for vehicles are constantly on the rise.
    Please NOTE the below comparisons are car parts from 2008 -2017.

    Therefore costs of parts in 2023-2024 are going to be even more expensive.

    Oil filter
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R84.46
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R111.65
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R142.91
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R105.16
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R126.75
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R346.12
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R529.78
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R1 165.61
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R820.21
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R1 817.79
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R304.45
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R427.83
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R818.82
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R1 296.99
    • The average cost across classes in 2008:  R964.83
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R2 077.51
    • The average cost across classes in 2008: R1 925.55
    • The average cost across classes in 2017: R3 685.19

    2021 Update

    Car manufacturers will tell you ‘stay genuine’ rather than risk inferior parts and workmanship at non-franchised workshops, while the official dealer stamps in the service book also improve the vehicle’s resale value. 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.

    Buying aftermarket car parts at stores like Midas and Autozone can also be a more economical alternative to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. Non-genuine doesn’t mean it is no good, and often you can buy the identical branded item for less at an independent parts dealer.

    Why it pays to shop around

    It may come as a surprise that OEM parts aren’t always more expensive, so shop around. Our survey of some of SA’s most popular vehicles found that OEM parts prices are sometimes cheaper than at aftermarket retailers, and it varies depending on the manufacturer and the type of part.

    However, the mechanic labour costs at OEM dealers tend to be very high between R815/hour and R1200/hour, while independent e-CAR workshops usually charge lower hourly rates.

    Some insurance companies actively support the non-OEM industry. Santam, for example, has a certified aftermarket parts program to reduce repair costs and passes the savings on to its clients.

    Be wise – only choose reputable suppliers

    Les McMaster, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), also believes aftermarket parts are a good option for older vehicles.

    “Of course, there are inferior parts out there but by sticking with brands you know and those recommended by a reputable, accredited workshop that knows your vehicle and uses the right products and parts, you can get the same performance out of aftermarket parts versus OEM and genuine parts, at a lower cost,” says McMaster. MIWA represents the interests of some 2,500 independent workshops in SA.

    e-CAR’s list of independent workshops is all approved workshops by the AA, MIWA, RMI, and the Right to Repair

    The Importance of Regular Service and Repairs

    Taking care of your car is essential to keep it running smoothly and safely on the road. Regular service and repairs are the key to ensuring that your car is in top condition and ready to face any road challenges. Whether you’re a seasoned car owner or just starting out, make sure to schedule regular service and address any issues promptly to ensure the longevity and safety of your vehicle.

    Regular service is the key to keeping your car in good condition. During a service, a mechanic will check the various components of your car, such as the engine, brakes, suspension, and transmission, to make sure everything is functioning properly. They will also change the oil and oil filter, check the battery and tire pressure, and top up any fluids that may be low.

    Service intervals vary depending on the make and model of your car, as well as how much you drive it, but it’s generally recommended to have a service every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Regular service will not only keep your car running smoothly, but it will also help to identify any potential problems early on, allowing them to be fixed before they become more significant and expensive to repair.

    No matter how well you take care of your car, there will come a time when it needs repairs. It could be a simple fix, such as changing a blown bulb or a more complicated issue, such as a faulty transmission. Regardless of the issue, prompt and proper repairs are crucial to ensure the safety of you and your passengers, as well as the longevity of your car.

     

    It’s important to have a trusted mechanic who can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and efficiently. If you’re unsure about the problem, you can take your car to a mechanic for a diagnostic check. They will run tests on the various systems to determine the issue and then provide you with a quote for the repairs.

    DIY repairs can save you money, but it’s essential to have the right tools and knowledge to do the job correctly. If you’re not confident in your ability to perform the repair, it’s always best to seek the help of a professional.

    Here are some tips to keep your car in top condition

    01

    Regular Maintenance

    Regular maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotations, and brake inspections can prevent major problems down the road. Make sure to follow your car’s recommended maintenance schedule.

    03

    Waxing

    Waxing your car every three months can protect the paint from the elements and keep it looking shiny.

    02

    Cleaning

    Regularly cleaning your car’s exterior and interior can help protect the paint and upholstery. Use a mild detergent and a microfiber cloth to clean the body and a vacuum cleaner for the interior.

    04

    Protecting the Interior

    Use seat covers and floor mats to protect the upholstery and carpets from spills and dirt.

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