Vehicle running costs and depreciation

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Running fuel costs

Some cars are more fuel efficient than others. You should compare the fuel consumption rates of different vehicles. Check the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas performance windscreen sticker or, for more information, refer to the Australian Greenhouse Office’s Green Vehicle Guide or the Green Wheels Buyers Guide.


Depreciation can be the single most expensive cost of owning a car. Some cars depreciate significantly more than others, so you should research the depreciation performance of the models you are considering buying. RACV’s online car owning and operating costs guide provides estimated depreciation rates on popular new models.