Mini most expensive to service
The most expensive vehicle brand to service anywhere in South Africa is a Mini, at an average of R602.27 an hour, research conducted by RGT Smart shows.
Second to the Mini was the Audi, at an average of R583.62 an hour.
RGT Smart is a provider of market intelligence solutions to the automotive sector.
The research looked at passenger vehicle labour rates in South Africa across various brands, vehicle baskets, provinces and metros.
Labour rates are the hourly rates quoted by dealers for work undertaken on a vehicle.
The report showed that the Free State was the least expensive province when it came to the labour costs of servicing a vehicle.
Servicing a BMW would cost an average of R580.13 an hour and a Lexus R579.09 an hour.
The least expensive brand to service was Chana, which averaged at R342.52 an hour, followed by Mahindra at R362.29 an hour.
"Retail labour cost increases amongst brands surveyed have increased on average by 4.1 percent year-on-year," said Paul De Vantier, CEO of RGT Smart.
The report showed that Fiat's retail passenger labour rate had increased the most since 2011, by 16.3 percent. It was followed by Alfa Romeo at 12.2 percent and Citroen at 11 percent.
Brands which had reduced labour rates year-on-year since 2011 included Changan, by -10.5 percent; Subaru, by -5.5 percent; and Daihatsu, by -0.6 percent.
De Vantier said the Gauteng region labour rates on a medium or large-sized vehicle were the most expensive, while labour on a sub-small or entry level vehicle was least expensive.
He said that labour rates in the Western Cape were most expensive on a medium size vehicle and least expensive on sub-one ton vehicles.
"Within the medium-sized vehicle basket, BMW seems to be the most expensive brand to service, while the least expensive brand to service in the medium basket is Volvo."
Northern Cape had the highest year-on-year retail rate, with an increase of 10 percent. It was followed by the North West with 9.5 percent.
The lowest retail rate increase was recorded in the Free State, at 2.8 percent.
De Vantier advised consumers to factor in a brand's servicing rates and dealership footprint when deciding which brand to purchase.