After you buy a car you still need to budget for everyday running costs.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Petrol: How many litres per 100km? The higher the number, the more you’ll have to spend on fuel. 
  • Registration: The more cylinders the car has (eg 4, 6, 8), the more expensive it is to register.
  • Insurance: The more expensive or unusual the car, the higher the premiums. The higher the excess on the policy, the more money you will have to pay if you make a claim.
  • Maintenance: You will need to have your car serviced regularly ensure you meet your vehicle's warranty requirements and to keep it running reliably once it's out of warranty. Apart from your own maintenance, it’s important to build a relationship with a trusted mechanic. Your mechanic should keep you informed of major repairs coming up, giving you time to budget for the more expensive services. 
  • Finance: There's more to finance than the monthly repayment. Many loans involve service fees and it's important to compare interest rates and the total amount repayable to make sure you get the best deal. Visit the free2go car loans page for more information.  
Don’t forget as a member of a free2go, we can help you save money on general vehicle maintenance including:
For more information, visit the RACQ Vehicle Running Costs Guide.