• May 29th 2013 at 8:45AM
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If you think owning a car in the US is expensive, put an eye on this inforgraphic. The team from Prestige Performance Center GB took a look at all the costs associated with owning a car in multiple countries from around the world, and the results are eye-opening.

For example, the average cost of a new car is $105,253 in Singapore, though that country is an outlier. It will cost you an average of $30,500 to bring home a new set of keys in the US. Turkey, meanwhile, suffers through the highest average yearly cost for fuel at just under $5,000.

Hong Kong has the highest average annual insurance rates as well as the highest average annual parking fees and highest yearly road tax. Not to be outdone, the UK enjoys the highest average congestion charges. By and large, the US finds itself either in the middle or bottom of the pack when it comes to most fees associated with owning a car. Lucky us. You can check out the full graphic below.


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      pleximax
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some the color codes are probably wrong, average cost of new car in Norway is set to approx $20k. Norway car prices are at least double of the US prices if not more. Our 2013 Subie OB cost us $26k in US, I looked up the prices on the Norwegian site, it was approx $90k. Here's the price list in NOK: http://www.subaru.no/prisliste.html Just divide by 6 to get the approx dollar amount. First column is the total price to consumer, 2nd col is price excluding taxes, 3rd col is the tax amount
        pleximax
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pleximax
        here's another example of a Toyota Corolla, starting at $41k for the 1.33 liter version, topping of at $54k for the 2 liter diesel version http://www.toyota.no/cars/new_cars/corolla/index.tmex?scroll=1&cta=/cars/new_cars/corolla/pricelist.aspx?redirect=false
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @pleximax
          @superchan & pleximax -- that is absurd. I'd like to think that if Corollas cost that much in the US, I would get out in the shed and make a kit car/homemade car. It wouldn't be that hard to out-do a Corolla.
          superchan7
          • 2 Years Ago
          @pleximax
          Wasp, try buying a Corolla in Singapore. I've been told the OTD price can be $80k+.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @pleximax
          Wow, that would make me sick to spend $40k+ on a Corolla.
      wilkegm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would it kill anyone to make these so you can read them?>???
      Lucas
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a resident of Argentina I can tell you that this infographic is extremely misleading. Yes, it is likely that the average price payed for a car is less than $20k in Argentina whereas it's $30k in the US, but just means people here can't afford a 30 grand car, not that cars are cheaper. In fact, cars here are around 2x what they are in the US. My car, a VW CC 2.0T runs a tad above 30k in the US, but it's over USD 60k in Argentina. I would assume that if they wanted to compare fuel prices, they would use dollars per liter or per gallon and not how much the average person pays for it. If a country only drives SUVs it will spend a lot more money in gas than if it only drove Teslas, yet that wouldn't mean running a car is cheaper o more expensive. If these people wanted to have a true statistic of the cost of motoring around the world, they should've compared the price of the same car, with the same equipment.
      groingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      A very confusing disorganized article.
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in Saudi Arabia our cars costs a little higher than the US and we fill cadillac escalade for 13 $ but the roads are terrible and dealer services are the worst and we don't get any safety equipment in Japanese and Korean cars and we can't sue dealer for bad service or for not recalling cars
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      The average cost of new car is utterly BS... in the USA cars are cheap as ****... I have payed in Germany for my 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition (LS3) 40,000Euro = $51,611 the Camaro SS with 1LE performance pack costs today $39,930 = 31,000Euro for that money u only get here a Golf GTI with performance pack...
        Hello, Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Georg
        Georg: Aside from the import taxes, part of the difference is that you have a 19% VAT included in the price of your cars (approx. $5700 on a $30,000 car). In the US, taxes and fees are added seperately (not included in the advertised price) because they are charged by the individual states and cities/counties. They are lower than the 19% that most EU nations pay, however. Usually, they are somewhere between 5-10 % ($1500 to $3000 on a $30,000 car).
      Ville
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could you perhaps post a high-res version of the graph, so we could check the sources... Pleximax is on point with either the prices or the color codes being wrong, atleast for Scandinavia.
      Alexander Rojas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am here in Mexico and yes it looks cheaper to own a car in Mexico only problem is that Mexico people make 10 dollars a day, so car owners pay a high percentage of there wage to own a car compare to the Us. So yes this list was made really fast without looking at all the factors just price of car and taxes.
      P54
      • 2 Years Ago
      One country is missing from the list that more than likely would have topped the chart, NORWAY. Fuel cost is among highest in the world at more than US $10 per gallon despite being one of the largest oil and natural gas producing nations in the world. New car prices are very high too, due to one of the highest taxes in the world, sales tax alone is 25%. It costs about US $2 per mile to drive the average car. Average car cost you about US $52 per day to own or more than US $16000 per year if you drive 15000km (9375miles) per year. A Ford Focus 2.0L 250HP ST will cost you about US $82500 and a Honda CR-V 2.2 diesel with 5AT about US $88000. Got enough money? MB G65 AMG sets you back "only" US $675000. Don't even mention maintenance cost, just an oil change on a small car cost you about US $300 and scheduled service can easily cost US $3-4000.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not that informative.
      Sanchez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Other readers hit the nail on the head - the car price should be for essentially the same car with roughly the same equipment. Further, taxes should also be included in the transaction price, which will make places like Denmark pop as expensive (if broken out from EU).
        pleximax
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sanchez
        here's the Danish prices for a Toyota Auris (closest comparable I found to Corolla...just to pick a "reference car") http://www.toyota.dk/cars/new_cars/auris/index.tmex same as with NOK, divide DKK with 6 to get the approx USD price. It starts at $32k for base modell, ending up with $49k for the top of line non-hybrid version. :-)
      EL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Figures about Hong Kong insurance is incorrect, for a US$40k car, fully comprehensive insurance is ~US$1k, 3rd party only is ~US$400.
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