Are Sports Cars Expensive To Maintain? O yes, and here’s why


There is a high chance that you, like many people, have fantasized about owning or driving a sports car. Sports cars are powerful performance machines known for their speed and brute force, but is it worth it at the end of the day, and are sports cars expensive to maintain?

Sports cars are expensive to maintain, especially if you maintain them properly. From insurance to fuel, the overall costs can be significant. Then, each part, whether the interior, the body, or especially the mechanical parts, is more costly than regular cars.

In this article, we will take a further look into the world of sports vehicles and some critical considerations that you might need to keep in mind when purchasing your first sports car.

Porsche 911

Performance Parts Are Costly:

An essential part of every sports car is the performance parts they come equipped with. Eventually, everyone has that horrible moment of realization when they see the bill for a service or repair on their vehicle.

This may only happen once in a while for standard car owners, but it’s more of a common occurrence for sports cars. As mentioned, just about every part of a sports car is designed to withstand the performance required from them.

For example, when you have to change a clutch on a Subaru, you also need to replace the flywheel and carrier bearings; you cannot change the clutch alone. You have to replace everything that comes with it for a performance part, even if some of the parts are still ok and in working condition.

This makes sports car maintenance much more expensive than that of a normal car. Also, with a sports car, you cannot just buy and fit generic parts. Not only will your sports car not perform as it should, but it could even damage the vehicle.

Why Are Sports Cars So Expensive To Maintain?

A supercar doesn’t just cost more because of its name-brand, no. There are specific reasons why maintaining a sports car costs significantly more than your everyday vehicles throughout the year. Four reasons stand out the most. So, here are four reasons why sports cars are expensive to maintain:

  • Labor: Most sports car parts are costly. However, even when you find cheaper parts, you will find that the labor can cost thousands of dollars. Remember, a mechanic who can work on a sports car will charge you a lot more than a regular one. Not only that, performance cars are complex and compact. It’s not unusual to remove a sports car engine in order to peform routine maintenace, like timing belt replacement. Now you know that’s not cheap.
  • Parts: Sports cars are precise machines. The parts they use are specifically designed to maximize power and deficiency. The mechanical parts cost more to manufacture, and they are also hard to find.
  • Insurance: Your age plays a significant factor in how much insurance you pay regardless of what car you own. However, when anybody owns a sports car, insurance companies will charge a lot of money per year because the car is expensive, and they know that sports cars are built to be driven fast.
  • Fuel: To get more power, you need energy. The more power you have, the more fuel you need. So, it’s not like the fuel itself is more expensive for a sports car, but the amount you go through is significantly higher than in regular vehicles.

It is easy to overlook some aspects of maintenance. However, to keep your sports car going, you will have to make significant investments every year. So, try not to work out the cost of the parts on their own. Sometimes, the labor on a one-hour job can cost a lot more than the part.

Sports Cars: How Old Is Too Old?:

Shopping around for a sports car is the vehicle’s year. Buying demo models or second-hand can be cheaper but is not always better. If the car is old, there might be issues that can’t be seen or mechanical parts that are on the edge of breaking down.

The older the sports car, the harder it is to find parts for, and thus, they can cost more than they should. However, it would help if you tried to stay away from sports cars that are 10-years old or older. It is at this point where parts can become increasingly difficult to obtain.

Sure, you can replace your parts with generic entry-level ones. Still, when it comes to living up to the sports car name unless it is looked after correctly with the right parts, it will be a massive failure and rather embarrassing if anything happens in front of your car buddies.

Some Sports Car Brands Cost More Than others To Maintain

It is important to note that not all sports cars are the same. Maintaining some might cost a lot more than maintaining others. For example, while spending $4000 for a routine Ferrari service seems like a lot, you could spend a lot more than that simply changing the oil of a Bugatti Veyron.

Take the Lamborghini Aventador; yes, $4000 for a new set of tires seems costly, but when you compare it to the Bugatti Veyron, where a set of tires could cost up to $40,000, it is clear to see that not all sports cars cost the same amount to maintain.

If you do decide to pick out a sports car, it is important to understand how much it will cost in the long run. You want to research all the cars that you are interested in carefully. The upfront cost might be more while the maintenance cost is not as bad as a car that costs less.

Sports Car Maintenance: The Bodywork

Not everyone can work on the body of a sports car. The more luxurious the vehicle, the harder it gets to find someone able and willing to do the job. That said, there are different situations when it comes to bodywork.

Replacing any part of the body will cost you tens of thousands of dollars for any supercar. If you need to have a paint job done, you can take the vehicle to an experienced painter; however, you can expect to pay if you take it to the manufacturer.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to vehicles as a whole, I consider myself a motorhead. Since young, I have always been fascinated by cars and the limitless possibilities around them. From design to speed to fast-flowing corners, I love it all.

However, today’s fuel cost, paired with the maintenance costs, makes owning a sports car hard to justify.

If you are about to pull the trigger on a used sports car or indeed any used vehicle, it’s worth investing just a few dollars to check the VIN number against the vehicle database. An audit with a company like VinAudit (links to VinAudit) will guard against Mileage fraud, Salvage rebuilds, Title washing, Vin cloning, and a ton of other uglies.

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John Cunningham

John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Rustyautos.com. I've been a mechanic for over twenty-five years, and I've worked for GM, Volvo, Volkswagen, Landrover, and Jaguar dealerships. My passion is cars. I use my knowledge and experience to write articles that help fellow gear-heads with all aspects of car ownership, including buying advice, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

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