Mov­ing or still: the cost snap­shot

Even when your car is in the garage, you keep spend­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­

YOU’VE bought a new car and are still smirk­ing at how cheap it was— but hav­ing splashed the cash, what it will cost you to keep it on the road? You need about $2000 a year be­fore in­surance to keep a new car ser­viced and the tank full. Car mak­ers have fi­nally recog­nised this and are in­creas­ingly us­ing capped-price ser­vic­ing as part of their mar­ket­ing ar­se­nal.

Cars­guide has an­a­lysed fuel use, de­pre­ci­a­tion and ser­vic­ing to give buy­ers an idea of how last month’s 10 top-sell­ing cars work out on the road and on the wal­let.


Th­ese are the new ve­hi­cles

Cars­guide read­ers buy. We cite au­to­matic trans­mis­sion (or CVT) en­try level cars and turbo diesel dual cabs.


The dif­fer­ence be­tween fu­elling the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive cars in the list is about $10 a week. Toy­ota’s Corolla and the Holden Cruze share the fuel-misers, courtesy of claimed com­bined fuel use of 7.4L/100km. The Hyundai i30 is less than $1 a week be­hind them, fol­lowed by the Nis­san Dualis (with a CVT) and Mazda3 Neo. The Holden Com­modore in 3.0-litre auto guise does well for a big sedan. The diesel dual-cabs are rel­a­tively fuel-ef­fi­cient, at $40 a week give or take.


Hyundai’s i30 can’t be beaten here. A yearly capped price ser­vic­ing cost of $219 gives the Korean car a huge kick up the rat­ings. The Mazda and Nissans have six-monthly trips to the dealer, though the Dualis av­er­ag­ing $279.98 a year. Worst of the bunch is the Nis­san Navara at $775.30 for two ser­vices a year, fol­lowed by the Mazda3 at $669 for a pair of work­shop vis­its. The Mazda is the only one not to have a capped price ser­vic­ing deal.


The top-10 still lose money like a com­pul­sive gam­bler. A new car will al­most halve in value over three years, ac­cord­ing to Glass’s Guide. The HiLux and Tri­ton top the re­sale val­ues, re­tain­ing 55 per cent of their new price, and the Mazda3 does best among the cars at 54 per cent. Buy­ers of the Nis­san Navara are burn­ing $165 a week for the priv­i­lege of own­er­ship. Worst per­former is the Hyundai i30 at 46 per cent, equat­ing to about $80 a week.


Reg­is­tra­tion varies ac­cord­ing to your state and post­code. WA, SA, ACT andNSW reg­is­tra­tions are based on the weight of the ve­hi­cle, Queens­land and the NT on en­gine ca­pac­ity and Vic­to­ria has a flat rego rate and a TAC charge that changes de­pend­ing on where you live. Ex­pect to pay $700-$800 for a four­cylin­der car. ‘‘ Wear-and-tear’’ com­po­nents like brake pads will in­cur ad­di­tional cost as they need re­plac­ing.

Fuel costs based on Fe­bru­ary na­tional av­er­age, 151.2c for 91 ULP and 152.8 for diesel, and 15,000km trav­elled an­nu­ally

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