2020 AA-Kinsey Report: Which Are The Cheapest Cars to Service and Repair?


The 2020 AA-Kinsey Report was released this week which provides valuable insight into the cost for parts and servicing of popular vehicles sold in South Africa. Check out the results below…

Due to restrictions brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the data for the 2020 AA-Kinsey Report was collected over September 2020 (not May/June as done previously) and most of the research was conducted in and around Durban, by Malcolm Kinsey, author of the report which is now in its 30th year (second year as the AA-Kinsey report). See the 2019 Kinsey Report here!

The 2020 AA-Kinsey Report details costing for parts and servicing on a variety of popular vehicles sold in South Africa across 9 categories, giving consumers a good idea of what to expect when taking a vehicle in for repair or servicing. 

Winners in each category are determined by costs of servicing parts (filters, spark plugs, wipers and brake pads), repair parts (cam belt, shocks, clutch plate, flywheel and fan belt) and finally crash parts (doors, fenders, bumpers, glass, lights and wheels etc.).

The winner is the cheapest in the 3 categories combined. While the report does its best to provide the consumer with accurate information, it’s advisable to shop around, as parts pricing can and does vary. The AA-Kinsey Report sources prices directly from dealers. 

See the full 2020 AA-Kinsey Report here

“Motoring has become more expensive, certainly from a parts perspective, and the results for 2020 show that. Although there may be similar alternative parts from non-franchise outlets – the durability of which cannot be vouched for – prices for original equipment are rising,” notes Malcolm Kinsey, author of the AA-Kinsey Report.

“A factor that has become evident is the increase in cost of body parts. Headlights, rear fenders and wheel rims on some models appear to be a great deal more expensive. This has a negative effect for everyone as it increases the contribution the owner pays for the insurance excess, and the write-off point for a crashed vehicle, and it ultimately increases premiums that one has to pay,” says Malcolm.

2020 AA-Kinsey Report Winners 

City Cars and Entry-Level Vehicles 


Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression

Ford Figo 1.5 Trend Hatch

Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion

Service Parts 

R3 048.30

R3 168.18 

R4 056.32

Repair Parts 

R9 450.79

R6 187.15

R7 560.24

Crash Parts 

R50 490.92

R54 510.77

R54 572.63

Total Parts Basket

R62 990.01

R63 886.10

R66 189.19


Super Mini 


Hyundai i20 1.2 Fluid 

Toyota Starlet 1.4 XS

Ford Fiesta 1.0 T Trend Hatch

Service Parts 

R5 450.53

R3 150.82

R4 894.48

Repair Parts 

R12 024.81

R8 256.51

R11 681.00

Crash Parts 

R72 590.30

R79 419.38

R74 699.98

Total Parts Basket

R90 065.64

R90 826.71

R91 275.46


Family Favourites 


Toyota Corolla Quest Prestige

Nissan Almera 1.5 Acenta

Toyota Corolla 1.2T Xs Hatch

Service Parts 

R5 344.03

R2 827.20

R4 934.33

Repair Parts 

R9 088.17

R9 920.09

R10 504.70

Crash Parts 

R70 598.96

R73 741.59

R115 855.37

Total Parts Basket

R85 031.16

R86 488.88 

R131 294.40




Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 Auto

Nissan X-Trail 2.5 Tekna 

VW T-Cross 1.0T Comfortline

Service Parts 

R4 883.78

R3 556.11

R6 177.81

Repair Parts 

R12 496.48

R9 367.52

R10 532.85

Crash Parts 

83 049.05

R102 997.53

R102 141.85

Total Parts Basket

R100 429.31

R115 921.16

R118 852.51


Compact Crossovers 


Mahindra KUV 100 NXT

Haval H2 1.5T Luxury

Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Feel

Service Parts 

R3 781.59

R3 741.81

R4 159.92

Repair Parts 

R10 012.12 

R10 321.01

R9 392.62

Crash Parts 

R67 982.91

R79 797.51

R88 696.70

Total Parts Basket

R81 776.62

R93 860.33

R102 249.24


Executive Crossovers


Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Audi Q5 40 TDI Off Road

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Service Parts 

R8 964.25

R9 907.83

R11 055.50

Repair Parts 

R17 964.50

R17 486.90

R73 771.91

Crash Parts 

R215 142.00

R223 894.00

R243 383.60

Total Parts Basket

R242 070.75

R251 288.73



Double Cabs


Ford Ranger 2.0 XLT

GWM Steed 6 2.0 VGT Xscape

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Legend 50 Auto

Service Parts 

R5 066.00

R3 443 04

R5 059.30

Repair Parts 

R7 274.00

R7 645.32

R8 556.67

Crash Parts 

R67 456.12

R75 016.96

R76 573.93

Total Parts Basket

R79 796.12

R86 105.32

R90 189.90


Single Cabs 


Nissan NP200

Nissan NP300 2.5D

Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD S

Service Parts 

R2 404.93

R4 326.78

R4 698.46

Repair Parts 

R10 438.65

R6 204.43

R7 562.24

Crash Parts 

R29 685.90

R38 080.07

R46 486.95

Total Parts Basket

R42 529.48

R48 611.28

R58 747.65


Executive Saloons


Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Super

Audi A3 35 TFSI Sportback

Toyota Supra 3.0T Track

Service Parts 

R5 961.69

R6 406.09

R9 576.15

Repair Parts 

R6 361.69

R9 964.76

R30 094.85

Crash Parts 

R74 246.79

R162 339.75

R177 963.78

Total Parts Basket

R86 570.17

R178 710.60

R217 634.78


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