We pay more to run our cars than anyone on Earth

27 November 2013

In Britain, it's more expensive to run a car than anywhere else in the world. Yes, your little Honda Jazz costs more to run than Justin Beiber’s pimp mobile, or Bret Michaels’ souped up RV full of dirty ladies.


On average we pay £3453 a year to stay on the road, which is a grand more than the Americans and the French, and £2000 less than the Chinese, who are scooting about on the cheap and living it up.

Webuyanycar.com took motoring costs from 21 countries and found that we shell out 27p a mile on average – paying more for fuel, tax and insurance. And of course, the thing we’re spending the most on is petrol. A whopping £2256 a year goes on filling the damn thing up.

Only Denmark and Switzerland came close to our prohibitive car costs. But the cheapest place to run a car is Saudi Arabia, where it costs the princely sum of £237.32 a year to own a car. But of course, they do have all the oil. And women aren’t allowed to drive, so that cuts costs for the oppressed ladies straight away.

Do you want a depressing table of costs? Thought so. Happy motoring!

1. UK £3,453.66
2. Netherlands £3,370.42
3. Switzerland £3,321.80
4. Italy £2,966.69
5. Portugal £2,914.63
6. Germany £2,856.04
7. France £2,538.82
8. USA £2,425.36
9. Spain £2,421.87
10. New Zealand £2,387.20
11. Australia £2,128.24
12. Canada £1,828.65
13. India £1,805.94
14. Russia £1,727.82
15. Japan £1,628.38
16. China £1,315.12
17. South Africa £1,280.18
18. UAE 672.01
19. Qatar £527
20. Argentina £269.92
21. Saudi Arabia £237.22

TOPICS:   Motoring   Banking   Consumer Advice   Tax   UK News


  • Dosser
    Not much oil in Argentina though.
  • StuPid
    So did the Netherlands according to your chart (which omits Denmark - so I'm trusting you on this!) I think you might have meant that the Chinese pay around £2000 less than us, and not the way you suggested too.
  • Tits M.
    How much more is the average wage in the UK compared to Saudi Arabia, india etc?
  • JonB
    I think you need to take a deep breath and read the table of numbers before writing your article. e.g. "£2000 less than the Chinese" - you mean "£2000 more than the Chinese" "Denmark and Switzerland came close to our prohibitive car costs" - you mean "the Netherlands and Switzerland"
  • klingelton
    @Tits McGee was just going to suggest this. get your best excel sheet head on.
  • Dave
    I have a feeling that Ms Sweet has confused Denmark with the Netherlands. Either way, I think their calculations are wrong. Fuel is at least 10% more expensive in the Netherlands, and car tax for an 'average family car' is around £400 a year for petrol and £850 a year for diesel.
  • Alexis
    Might be worth it if VED went to pay for roads. I bet these figures don't include new tyres, wheels and suspension parts.
  • Cockhead
    Maybe the chancellor will make it cheaper once he's sold off all of the fucking student loans.
  • steve
    I don't think so. In japan you cannot buy a car without proving first you have a parking space, that can add $3000 pa to the cost. If they missed that off then what else have they missed?
  • Yawn
    More shit from Lucy, say no more but copy & paste, that's a whole £5 for no more than lifting articles from the daily mail webshite. Congratulations Lucy hows poundland working out for you?
  • Ash
    'On average we pay £3453 a year to stay on the road, which is a grand more than the Americans and the French, and £2000 less than the Chinese...' i'm so confused... we pay £2000 less than the Chinese?
  • james d.
    really? The average car in the UK spends £43 on fuel a week? I know some commuters will do that, some will spend a lot more but I find it hard to believe that is the UK average. I demand a breakdown of the data!
  • jokester2
    Based on the average 12,000 miles per year (230 miles / week) at an average of say 35 MPG, it would work out to over £40 a week. Why do you find that hard to believe???

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