Costs to Consider

The clearer you are about how much your car is going to continue to cost after you buy it, the better equipped you'll be to find the best car for your lifestyle and financial situation. This section will help as you consider costs.

The real cost of driving

In the excitement of buying a car, it's easy to forget about ongoing running costs. Factoring these in will help you find the best car for your lifestyle and financial situation.

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Advertised vs. Driveaway price

Before 2009, a dealer’s advertised price often didn't match the driveaway cost. These days, dealers must advertise a single total price, so you know exactly what you're paying for.

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The pros and cons of trading in

Trading in is an easy way to sell your car, but could a private sale get you a better price? Do you have the time to advertise and arrange test drives? Check out the pros and cons of trading in.

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The right fuel

Not sure whether to buy a petrol, diesel or hybrid car? Or use E10, regular or premium fuel? Get to know the differences and discover top fuel-saving tips along the way.

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Regular maintenance pays

Old or new, it pays to keep your car well maintained. Regular servicing by a qualified mechanic can help you avoid unexpected and costly major repair work down the track.

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Finding the right insurance

Insurance is an essential and can add a lot to the cost of owning a car. It pays to think carefully about the type of cover you need, and to start shopping around before you buy your car.

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Other costs to consider

Every year, you'll have to renew your car registration and your driver’s licence, unless you pay for a multi-year licence. These costs should also be factored into your car buying budget.

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Kochie explains how car finance works

Looking to buy a car? Kochie will explain all your car finance options. Learn about credit scores, comparison rates and more.

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