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Revealed: the true cost of running a car

Cost of motoring

It costs between £250 and £404 a month to maintain a car in the UK, depending on where you live, claims new research.

According to vehicle finance provider Moneybarn, car maintenance is highest in London (around £404 per month, or almost 18% of an average monthly salary).

Calculating various motoring factors such as the cost of commuting, insurance premiums, private parking and road tax, residents in the South West of England pay the least to maintain a car (£250 per month).

#UK Region£ per month of car ownership% of monthly earnings
2South East31515.5%
3West Midlands30716.5%
4North West30615.9%
5Yorkshire And The Humber29716.1%
6Northern Ireland29416.0%
8East Midlands27714.9%
10North East25614.0%
12South West25013.6%

The cost of car maintenance may seem high in the UK, but when inflation is considered, Moneybarn says the cost has actually gone down over the past decade. It is now £30.20 cheaper on average per month to maintain a car compared with previous years2.

“It’s really interesting to see the difference in car maintenance throughout the UK,” said Tim Schwarz, Head of Marketing at Moneybarn.

“As expected, Londoners have the highest cost for car maintenance, but this balances out as Londoners earn more on average compared to the rest of the UK.

“It’s also really positive to see the cost of maintenance overall is growing slower than inflation, allowing more people the possibility to own a vehicle.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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