Motoring costs shoot up by 14% in a year
The cost of running a car has risen by 14% in the last year and the average motorist now pays £128.64 a week, according to research from the RAC.
According to the latest RAC Cost of Motoring Index, motorists now pay £6,689 a year for their car - the equivalent to 55.74p per mile.
This is a staggering £1,556 more a year compare to four years ago.
The reasons why
Depreciation is the biggest factor behind the increase, rising by 16.67% in the last year.
Adrian Tink, RAC motoring strategist, says: "With the annual cost of motoring approaching £7,000 the price burden of car ownership is hitting drivers hard.
"Oil companies need to be more transparent over pricing so that drivers know exactly where their hard-earned money is going. The Cost of Motoring Index makes it quite clear that motorists are already paying way over the odds."
The research was based on a pool of 17 new cars with the results weighted by their level of ownership, looking at a number of costs including depreciation, finance, service, maintenance, repair fuel, insurance, road tax and breakdown cover.
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