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 2018 Car Running Costs guide comes in.

Good news car drivers of WA. Thanks to a highly competitive marketplace, new cars are generally more affordable than they have been for decades.

Newer cars are also typically thriftier on fuel and you get more safety equipment for your spend too. Over the past year, average running costs have decreased more than $4 a week to $212.86 for 2018.

The biggest running cost for cars is depreciation. It causes a drop in value over time and is only felt when you trade in your car. This makes up 40 per cent of the total running cost, on average.

On-road costs such as stamp duty, registration and insurance are the next biggest cost, followed by fuel and loan repayments.

The RAC’s 2018 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 2018

2WD ute (PDF 56KB)

People mover (PDF 56KB)

2WD ute (PDF 59KB)

Small vehicle (PDF 65KB)

Electric vehicle (PDF 56KB)

Sports (PDF 58KB)

Large vehicles (PDF 60KB)

SUV sports terrain (PDF 61KB)

Light vehicles (PDF 63KB)

Large SUV (PDF 60KB)

Medium vehicle (PDF 63KB)

Medium SUV (PDF 66KB)

Micro vehicle (PDF 56KB)

Small SUV (PDF 63KB)

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.