Queensland’s cheapest cars to run revealed

The hidden costs to consider before buying your next car.

Keeping your wheels on the road is expensive, which is why it’s important to factor in the costs you’ll be dishing out before purchasing a new car.

Thankfully, RACQ has done the hard work for you, revealing the most expensive cars to run in Queensland could cost families up to $22,000 per year.

The Club’s 2018 Vehicle Running Costs survey examined a record-breaking 139 popular vehicles – taking into account all expenses associated with normal private car ownership including, interest, fuel, new tyres, servicing, insurance, government charges, and depreciation.

At just under $6,000 per year, the micro Mitsubishi Mirage ES was the cheapest car to own and operate in Queensland, while the Toyota Landcruiser V8 topped the list for dearest non-electric vehicle, setting owners back an eye-watering $19,527 per year.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the report highlighted savings of thousands of dollars each year if motorists either downsized or sought the cheapest in class.

“Drivers can save a lot of money by making informed choices when buying a car,” Mr Spalding said.

“If you want a particular class of vehicle, look for the cheapest to own and operate in that class and, in some cases, you could pocket as much as $125 extra each week.”

Mr Spalding said increased registration and fuel costs in Queensland had driven up the price of car ownership.

“Queenslanders fork out the most in registration and licensing fees which have skyrocketed nearly 15 percent in the last four years,” he said.

“Unleaded petrol prices jumped almost 10 cents per litre on average this year, and the often-forgotten vehicle depreciation factor can really sting at resale time.”

Find the full RACQ 2018 Vehicle Running Costs report list at racq.com/runningcosts