I’m a car testing pro – EV maintenance costs half of what you pay for a diesel car, but only up to a specific mileage

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AN AUTO pro has compared the maintenance costs of electric cars to gas vehicles.

Studies show that EVs cost less to maintain than gas automobiles but an expert car tester put that to the test and answered questions drivers have as electric cars grow in popularity.

He explained what happens during this time with both EVs and gas-powered cars

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He explained what happens during this time with both EVs and gas-powered carsCredit: YouTube/ CarMax
The fuel-powered car also needed numerous brake jobs before the electric car even needed one

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The fuel-powered car also needed numerous brake jobs before the electric car even needed oneCredit: YouTube/ CarMax

Desola Balogun with CarMax (@carmax) monitored two toy vehicles as they drove up to 150,000 miles, around 10 years riding.

While showing this in the video, he explained what happens during this time with both EVs and gas-powered cars.

The little race cars represented the similarly priced 2023 Chevrolet Bolt 2LT, which the video says costs $31,885, and a 2023 Toyota Camry SE at $32,015.

Throughout his demonstration, both cars had 5,000-mile inspection costs, tire rotations, and oil changes every 10,000 miles.

As the cars neared the end of the 150,000 miles, the gas-powered had started to rack up a lot more expenses.

The gas vehicle needed a belt job at 50,000 miles.

It piled on multiple inspection and tire rotation costs as well.

“And that cabin air filter is getting replaced as well,” Balogun stated.

“And wait, but what’s this? New tires at only 30,000 miles?”

At 30,000 miles, the EV had racked up a maintenance cost of a little more than $2,500.

The money it racked up went to tire inspection or rotation, cabin air filter and new tires.

Electric vehicles need new tires every 30,000 miles, the pro said.

“EVs are heavier than similarly-sized gas-powered cars thanks to that big battery,” Balogun stated.

“And that means they’re harder on their tires.”

The gas car had a price tag of $4,070 from $2,650 on tire inspection or rotations, $275 on oil, $255 on a cabin air filter and $320 on brake pad replacement.

Also $190 on transmission fluid and $380 on differential fluid.

The fuel-powered car also needed numerous brake jobs before the electric car even needed one.

“The EV is clearly a lot less to maintain over time,” the car expert said.

“Even with the added cost of replacing the tires so much more often.”

He said that it’s no question that in the day-to-day and for a really long time, an EV is cheaper to maintain than a gas-powered car.

“But the battery is a wild card,” the car tester added.

“After 150,000 miles, and that’s about 10 years, don’t forget, you could be looking at a huge out-of-pocket expense.”


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