Sharp parts price in­creases

Latest Kin­sey list shows costs to re­pair bumper-bashed parts have out­paced the weak rand

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE latest 2015 Kin­sey Re­port, which cov­ers 74 ve­hi­cles in nine cat­e­gories, showed some alarm­ingly high parts prices.

Pine­town-based mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist Mal­colm Kin­sey said: “I don’t think the prices can be blamed en­tirely on the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing rand. There are in­stances where items like mag rims and wind­screens cost R10 000 and more.”

Kin­sey said his an­nual price list is now pre­sented in two parts, with the cars se­lected us­ing monthly sales fig­ures, al­h­tough some “iconic” ve­hi­cles are also in­cluded, even though their sales are not in the Polo/Corolla league.

All prices on the list are col­lected within the same cal­en­dar month, in­clud­ing VAT.

Prices are sourced al­most ex­clu­sively from fran­chise deal­ers around Dur­ban, to repli­cate as closely as pos­si­ble what the cus­tomer would ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Where pos­si­ble we pro­vided a VIN num­ber for the ex­act ve­hi­cle re­quired. For the cus­tomer it is very im­por­tant to take note of the VIN num­ber found on all ve­hi­cles when get­ting a quote for any parts re­quired,” Kin­sey ad­vised. “This will en­sure that ev­ery­thing from trim to en­gine, gear­box, tyres etc will be spe­cific to your model ve­hi­cle and with all the vari­a­tions on the mar­ket this makes part iden­ti­fi­ca­tion both eas­ier and more pre­cise.”

(This 17-digit num­ber is on the left bot­tom cor­ner of the wind­screen.)

CITY AND EN­TRY LEVEL (11 cars)

The new Dat­sun GO is a clear win­ner here with a parts bas­ket of R37 631 (and a low selling price of R102 500). It’s a great first­time pur­chase, mak­ing own­ing a new car af­ford­able. It may lack a few re­fine­ments like ABS brakes and airbags, but it’s a solid lit­tle ve­hi­cle for ba­sic trans­port.

Sec­ond over­all in parts is the Nissan Mi­cra at R44 479 (both are sourced from In­dia) and third is the Polo Vivo at R49 805.

Best for ser­vic­ing parts is the fourth placed Ford Figo fol­lowed by the Mi­cra and Spark. The GO shines in re­pair parts and crash parts with Mi­cra sec­ond and Figo third in re­pair parts and GO, Nissan Mi­cra and Polo Vivo tak­ing the top three spots in crash parts.

SU­PER MINI (10 cars)

The Re­nault San­dero (R65 517) nar­rowly pips the Fiat 500 (R65 738) with the Peu­geot a not-too dis­tant third with a parts bas­ket of R67 463.

The least ex­pen­sive car to ser­vice is the sev­enth placed Polo, some R250 less than the San­dero in sec­ond place, fol­lowed by the Fiat. In the re­pair por­tion you are bet­ter off with a Fiat 500, while ac­ci­dent parts costs are low­est for the San­dero, fol­lowed by the Peu­geot 208 and Fiat.

FAM­ILY FAVOURITES (9 cars)

A pair of real fam­ily favourites, two Toy­ota Corol­las take first and sec­ond — the Pres­tige just edg­ing out the Quest at R67 078 and R69 466. Third is the Alfa Gi­uli­etta, which al­ways seems to sur­prise with its com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Most eco­nom­i­cal to ser­vice is the VW Golf 7 ( sixth over­all) fol­lowed by the Hyundai Elantra, both sub­stan­tially less than the Corol­las.

In the re­pair sec­tion the Elantra and Kia Cer­ato are tops, with the Golf in third spot.

The Corol­las come into their own with sub­stan­tially less ex­pen­sive crash parts, over R15 000 bet­ter than the third-placed Alfa.

It’s im­por­tant that if the pur­chase price of a ve­hi­cle is com­par­a­tively low that the crash parts are in­ex­pen­sive to avoid reach­ing the write-off point. With any in­sur­ance you are still bet­ter off re­pair­ing than writ­ing off the ve­hi­cle as you are sel­dom paid out enough to re­place your ve­hi­cle and end up hav­ing to pay in a con­sid­er­able amount. The Alfa, with a more ex­pen­sive selling price, is one of only two cars in the sur­vey with a parts bas­ket to selling price per­cent­age of un­der 20%.

COM­PACT CROSS­OVER (4 ve­hi­cles)

The Toy­ota Avanza heads up this class with a parts bas­ket of R67 786, ahead of the Ford Eco Sport, one of the latest one-litre Turbo en­gine ve­hi­cles. Third is the Re­nault Duster.

The Duster is the least ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cle to ser­vice fol­lowed by the Avanza and new Citroën Cac­tus 1.2 (fourth).

The Avanza is sub­stan­tially less pricey for both re­pair and crash parts, with the Re­nault Duster sec­ond in re­pair parts and the Eco Sport sec­ond in crash parts. Citroën has come up with an in­no­va­tive idea to deal with mi­nor scratches — the Cac­tus has plas­tic pan­els on the sides of the ve­hi­cle which are ca­pa­ble of ab­sorb­ing im­pacts of about 3 km/h, like su­per­mar­ket trol­ley dam­age. These can be in­di­vid­u­ally re­placed when nec­es­sary.

CROSS­OVER (10 ve­hi­cles)

Toy­oya’s For­tuner heads the list here once more with a parts bas­ket of R77 413 com­pared with the sec­ond-placed Kia Sportage at R92 992 and the Toy­ota Rav4 at R97 708.

Most eco­nom­i­cal Cross­over to ser­vice is the Mit­subishi ASX, fol­lowed by the Hyundai iX 35 and the Nissan X Trail.

Re­pair cost hon­ours go to the For­tuner just ahead of the Chev Trail­blazer (fourth over­all), both well ahead of the third placed Kia Sportage.

The For­tuner is also the most eco­nom­i­cal in the crash parts sec­tion by close to R14 000, fol­lowed by the Sportage and Rav4.

As a per­cent­age of bas­ket price to selling price, the For­tuner has the low­est fig­ure in the sur­vey at 16%.

EX­EC­U­TIVE CROSS­OVER (7 ve­hi­cles)

These are the real top dog SUVs and Kin­sey felt they war­ranted a class of their own. Priced at over R750 000, and all au­to­matic, the parts prices are prob­a­bly more of aca­demic than eco­nomic in­ter­est to their own­ers, but might be an eye opener to many oth­ers of us.

The win­ner here is the Volvo XC 90 with a to­tal parts bas­ket price of R164 508, fol­lowed by the Audi Q7 and close on its heels the Toy­ota Prado.

All these ve­hi­cles have ex­ten­sive ser­vice plans and it is only if they are kept for a long time or run up very high mileages that the cost of ser­vic­ing could be­come an is­sue.

Volvo has the low­est ser­vice parts cost at R4 810, fol­lowed by the Range Rover Evoque (fourth) and the Prado.

In the re­pair sec­tion the Evoque has the least ex­pen­sive bas­ket ahead of the Qu­at­tro and the Volvo. The Toy­ota Prado is se­verely ham­pered by hav­ing very ex­pen­sive shock ab­sorbers, which make the re­pair bas­ket the most ex­pen­sive of the group, but is able to pull back to a com­pet­i­tive po­si­tion by hav­ing less costly crash parts than the Volvo and Audi.

DOU­BLE CABS (8 ve­hi­cles) Here three coun­tries of ori­gin com­pete for the top po­si­tion. In­dia wins with the Tata Xenon (bas­ket price of R58 527) fol­lowed by Ja­pan with the Toy­ota Hilux Raider (R85 986) and China’s GWM Steed 6 (R89 437).

The GWM has the most com­pet­i­tive ser­vice costs at R2 269 ahead of Tata and Isuzu KB300 (fourth over­all).

Re­pair parts win­ner is the VW Amarok — though it must be noted here that most Amarok dou­ble cab sales are with au­to­matic gear­boxes, so there are no clutch and pres­sure plate and fly­wheel prices in the list, as with the man­ual trans­mis­sions. GWM comes sec­ond. Crash parts sees Tata Xenon the clear win­ner by more than R20 000 on the sec­ond-placed Toy­ota Raider

SIN­GLE CABS (8 bakkies)

We are not ex­actly com­par­ing ap­ples with ap­ples here, since we have in­cluded two half-ton bakkies agaist the full-ton­ners.

The Nissan NP 200, with a parts bas­ket of R47 026, just pips its larger brother NP 300 Hard­body for first spot.

Third is the other “small fry” the Chev Util­ity 1.4 Club.

Ser­vic­ing hon­ours go to Nissan Hard­body, a scant R23 from the NP 200 with the Chev Ute in third.

The Chev Ute re­tal­i­ates by hav­ing the best re­pair parts bas­ket ahead of the two Nis­sans.

And in the crash parts it’s the two Nis­sans in first and sec­ond place again.

How­ever, it is in­ter­est­ing to look at the rest of the bakkies in this sec­tion — the one ton­ners — the Isuzu 250 leads the Toy­ota Hilux, Mazda BT 50, Ford Ranger 2.2 and VW Amarok.

EX­EC­U­TIVE SA­LOONS (7 cars)

The first three places are very closely con­tested — R2 500 sep­a­rated them in their parts bas­ket prices. Leader is the BMW 320, fol­lowed by the Audi A4 and the In­finiti Q50, which is a first in the Kin­sey Re­port.

All these ve­hi­cles are au­to­matic, so there are no pricey clutch and fly­wheel costs.

Audi comes out top in the ser­vic­ing sec­tion ahead of the In­finiti and all the cars are within a thou­sand rand or so.

The re­pair por­tion has the In­finiti well ahead with a larger range of costs.

The crash parts costs re­flect the over­all bas­ket — first to the BMW, sec­ond to the Audi and third to the In­fin­ity. — WR.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Among eight dou­ble cab bakkies tested in the 2015 Kin­sey re­port, the Tata Xenon has the low­est-priced parts bas­ket at R58 527, while GWM of­fers the most com­pet­i­tive ser­vice costs.

IN­SIDE: • 2016 NISSAN NAVARA • 2015 FORD RANGER

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