Finding a car to suit your budget can be tricky. The purchase price is one thing, but what about ongoing running costs? That’s where the RAC's 2019 Car Running Costs guide comes in.

The cost of owning and running a car in WA has increased slightly in 2019 compared to last year. This was due in part to higher fuel prices and higher average vehicle purchase prices.

For those on a budget, the tiny Kia Rio S is officially the cheapest new car to own and run in WA, according to the 2019 RAC Vehicle Operating Costs survey.

Costs considered in the survey included fuel and servicing along with standing costs such as registration, interest on loan repayments, driver’s licence fees and insurance premiums. Depreciation was again found to be the biggest single cost of owning a car, despite it being something drivers don’t often consider.

The RAC’s 2019 Car Running Costs guide assessed 140 popular new cars across 14 different vehicle categories. Here’s the low down on the running costs of vehicles in WA.

Car Running Costs for 2019

2WD ute (PDF 37KB)

People mover (PDF 37KB)

4WD ute (PDF 39KB)

Small vehicle (PDF 42KB)

Electric vehicle (PDF 38KB)

Sports (PDF 39KB)

Large vehicle (PDF 38KB)

SUV all terrain (PDF 41KB)

Light vehicle (PDF 41KB)

Large SUV (PDF 41KB)

Medium vehicle (PDF 40KB)

Medium SUV (PDF 23KB)

Micro vehicle (PDF 35KB)

Small SUV (PDF 44KB)

Breakdown of car running costs

We've calculated the costs associated with operating a car in Western Australia, including depreciation. Costs are calculated for a 5-year period from new, and based on driving 12,000km per year in private use.