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Yearly cost of running a car for a newbie

  • 04-01-2022 8:45pm
    Registered Users Posts: 24 wowey

    I'm 40 and never ever wanted to drive a car but, as it happens, life forced me. So I am thinking of doing DL but really, how much would it cost me a year to run a car, including insurance, taxes, repairs, petrol/diesel (mainly driving around town) etc... Roughly...?


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,775 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm

    €6k car that lasts you 3 years - say €2k

    years tax €300

    years insurance €2500

    €20 of petrol every week €1000

    servicing, tyres and repairs €600

    so roughly €6500

    these are obvs just beermat figures, you’ll need to do driving lessons, pay for licence etc too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,139 ✭✭✭ naughtysmurf

    There are a lot of variables & experiences will be varied

    Insurance for a new driver could be steep starting off, you’ll have to investigate that yourself & will depend on the car model, engine size & other factors

    I only do about 10,000km a year, mainly tipping around town as needed & to / from work.

    €25 will easily cover my fuel weekly

    Annual tax is less than €300, 1.4 petrol

    Repairs, less than €100 in total since 2015

    Annual service less than €200

    Tyres every few years €300 - €400

    NCT €55

    Now, I’m blessed really with a reliable motor & I do low mileage

  • Registered Users Posts: 24 wowey

    You obviously have a good (expensive?) car since you can keep repairs at such a low cost?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,139 ✭✭✭ naughtysmurf

    I bought a one year old 141 Honda Civic with 700km on the clock in 2015 for from memory €18000 / €19000, I plan to drive it for at least another 4 / 5 years

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,114 ✭✭✭ Oops!

    Little Automatic low kms Toyota Yaris is the way to go, cheap reliable motoring.... Have one here for sale, drop me a message if you want to know more.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 136 ✭✭ MTU

    Just dropped 2k on a bmw with new chains kit and clutch kit, full service.

    Will see out my ownership 2013 320d.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,420 ✭✭✭ Wildly Boaring

    Approx 2k in depreciation

    Same Colm's first reply for the OP.

    Unless you go bangernomics and are good at you'll have a very minimum of 2k depreciation.

    2k insurance for new driver.

    Tax and NCT. Say €300

    Then the rest depend on mileage.

    My wife does 5000km a year nowadays.

    Talking 200 for service (if it gets it, some years I just do oil and filter) and 500 for juice.

    5000. The insurance is a killer .....