Maintenance Cost :- The Real Denominator

A guest blog from my friend Lisa Coffey.



Finding the right car that fits in your budget can really be about lot more than just MPG and MSRP.The maintenance of the car is a huge expense that will be there as long as you have the vehicle, it starts to pinch even more once the factory warranty is over. Maintenance cost is a must to know thing to make a fairly educative decision. we compare two hot selling cars which carry more than one similarities but can be a lot different when it comes to repair costs.

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are both the best-selling compact sedans in North America. Whereas in the United States of America, the civic is considered to be the second-longest running nameplate. But both the cars are highly reliable and the decision while comparing both comes down to the buyer’s selections or may be to the discounts that dealer offers.

So, here is a detailed view of the respective cars on the basis of their maintenance services:

Toyota Corolla Vs Honda Civic

Both Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic have long battled for primacy in the compact sedan class. Whereas there are some similarities between the models, the Civic somehow finds its way to create an alcove, pulling itself apart from the Toyota car. The Civic and Corolla both come with the 1.8 Liter Inline four cylinder engines, which cannot be equated identical to the performance. The 2015 Civic is competent of 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of the torque at about 4300 RPM. This represents the real picture of outputs when compared with the capabilities of Toyota Corolla. The latest Corolla comes with the ability in order to achieve 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque at 4400 RPM. Here the Civic puts its engine for the better usage and it undoubtedly makes a significant difference.


General Specs: Honda Civic 2015 Toyota Corolla 2015




ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged and intercooled inline-4,

aluminum block and head


DOHC 16-valve inline-4,

aluminum block and head, direct injection


FUEL ECONOMY EPA city/highway driving (C/D est): 32/42 mpg

C/D observed: 28 mpg

EPA city/highway driving: 29/37 mpg

C/D observed: 24 mpg


So the now question is, which one provides you with a better ownership cost? Which one will cost you the least when talking about the expenses involved in maintenance services?

Let’s now compare Some common maintenance services that almost every car goes through:

How much does it cost for replacing the Side View Mirror?

The estimated cost for replacing the Side View Mirror which was accidentally swiped off by the truck that made a surprise move into the lane you were moving into, will cost approximately $150-$200 for the ones who owns Honda Civic 2015 and $250-$300 for those driving Toyota Corolla.

How much Does it cost for replacing the Bumpers?

The estimated cost for replacing the front or the back bumper of Honda Civic 2015 is $117-$225, whereas it will cost $300-$400 for the ones who own Toyota Corolla 2015.

What is the average cost of the Windshield Replacement?

The Windshield repair cost is not a fixed amount. It varies upon the type of the repair, type and severity of the damage and most importantly what auto glass service you go for.

So, the replacement or repair cost may be charged upto $507.69 to $571.99 for the ones who owns Honda Civic 2015 and $347.25- $479.80 for Toyota Corolla owners.


Other Maintenance Cost Comparison:


Maintenance Service Honda Civic 2015 (Cost) Toyota Corolla 2015 (Cost)
Battery Replacement $372 $497
Brake Pad Replacement $152 $149
AC Condenser $530 $429
Service Battery/ Cables $184 $150
Serpentine/ Drive Belt Replacement $110 $98




So although the repair cost does differ for both the vehicles but it is not big enough a difference that can change your decision. specially when the automobiles compared are both very established brands in themselves. we will be more than happy to know your considerations.

About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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1 Response to Maintenance Cost :- The Real Denominator

  1. Jay Oliver says:

    I want to thank you author for this wonderful read. Every bit of detail is very useful. Keep posting!

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