A well-maintained car is less likely to break down when you need it, provides excellent service, and can be resold for a higher price. It’s long-lasting, giving you plenty of preparation time before buying your next car. Unfortunately, while maintenance saves you money in the long run, it also costs you some money in the short term at various intervals in your car ownership journey. It depends on the make and model.For Mazda enthusiasts, these three are the least expensive to maintain after 10 years.
1. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Sports car convertibles aren’t often known for their ease of maintenance, but Mazda’s MX-5 Miata in this segment is another story. According to CarEdge, this is the third-cheapest car for him to keep in the automaker’s lineup, ahead of all of the brand’s SUVs. The average cost of maintenance and repairs for his first ten years is $5,761.
Unsurprisingly, this is significantly lower than other convertibles on the market, averaging $7,290 over the same period.
There’s only a 1.73% chance of needing major repairs in the first year of owning an MX-5 Miata, and the annual maintenance cost for this period is around $209. By the end of the decade, the chance of needing major repairs rises to 16.77%.
At this point, maintenance costs can rise to $1,064. For context, a major repair is anything that costs $500 or more. As one of his easiest-to-maintain convertibles, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is also a great value and ready to resell.
2. Mazda 6
Mazda’s large family sedan, the Mazda 6, is the second cheapest model to maintain, with an average cost of $5,507 for the first 10 years. That’s $1,589 more than the industry average for a popular sedan.
Only 1.67% chance of needing major repairs in the first year. This will increase him to 2.78% in year 2 and to 16.22% in year 10. CarEdge says this puts him 5.28% better than its competitors in the market.
Maintenance costs are also minimal at $195 for the first year, rising to $227 for the second year and $277 for the third year. Ultimately, they reach $1,023 in his tenth year.
Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued in North America, and automakers are now focusing on more popular SUVs with models like the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9. It will be discontinued in 2021, so you can still find used pieces in good condition.
3. Mazda 3
Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, the current Mazda 3 is one of the cheapest in the automaker’s lineup, with a starting price of $22,550. Historically, it also offers Mazda’s minimum 10-year maintenance costing about $5,409 for repairs and periodic changes for the first 10 years of ownership.
For context, the average popular alternative in that market segment is $7,096, meaning a difference of $1,687 in favor of 3.
The odds of requiring major repairs in 1, 5, and 10 years are 1.67%, 7.88%, and 16.22%, respectively, and the annual maintenance costs also rise. His first year would only cost $186 in maintenance. That’s $414 in 5 years and $1,013 in 10 years.
Also worth noting is the Mazda 6. He has a 16.22% chance of needing major repairs, 5.28% better than other sedans on the market.