Cost of owning a car in WA increases

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Owning a car in WA has become more expensive than ever.

According to an RAC survey, the average weekly cost of running a car in WA is $215.85, an increase of $3.62 a week or nearly $190 a year since 2018.

The results take into account the costs of fuel, insurance, servicing, registration, interest on loan repayments, licence fees and vehicle depreciation.

RAC Manager Vehicles and Fuels Alex Forrest said you can save money in the long-run by considering all expenses when purchasing a new car, and not just the drive away price.

“Rising fuel prices are partly to blame for the increase in car running costs across the board this year, but there are other expenses consumers can save on with a little research,” Mr Forrest said.

“Depreciation is the single biggest expense, making up more than 40 per cent of car ownership costs. But this is often overlooked by customers shopping for a new car.

“Servicing and tyre prices can vary significantly. It’s wise to include these in your annual car maintenance budget, as the combined costs of fuel, servicing and tyres make up 23 per cent of your vehicle running costs.”

The survey also revealed the best value-for-money vehicles on the market.

This year, the Kia Rio S was named the cheapest vehicle overall to own and operate in WA, setting customers back $105.99 per week. 

The most expensive car to own and operate was the Tesla Model X Electric – coming in at $497.06 per week

2019 Vehicle Operating Costs – Category Winners:  

Category

Vehicle

Overall Operating Cost ($ per week)

ANCAP Safety Rating

Micro

Mitsubishi Mirage

$107.24

5

Light

Kia Rio S

$105.99

5

Small

Kia Cerato S

$132.04

4

Medium

Toyota Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid

$176.43

5

Large

Holden Commodore RS

$218.31

5

People Mover

Honda Odyssey VTi

$206.73

5

Sports Car

Mazda MX-5 Roadster

$194.39

5

SUV Small

Hyundai Kona Active

$155.14

5

SUV Medium

Toyota RAV4 GXL 2WD

$183.63

5

SUV Large

Subaru Outback 2.5i

$208.31

5

SUV All Terrain

Toyota Fortuner GX

$230.54

5

2WD Ute

Mitsubishi Triton GLX

$203.68

5

4WD Ute

Mitsubishi Triton GLX (4x4)

$223.48

5

Electric / Plug-in

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

$187.38

5


 

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