Infographic by Details the Cost of Owning a Vehicle

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At a glance, Safecar, the online magazine on all aspects of safety on American roads, shows the real cost of owning a vehicle at

Real cost of vehicle ownership

Real cost of vehicle ownership

Too many people use the retail sticker as the main factor in deciding which make and mode to buy. While this tells them whether they can afford to pay the asking price as a lump sum or in the form of monthly installments for an auto loan or other financing deal, it fails to consider the real costs of ownership.

The new infographic at provides a clear guide to the issues which everyone should consider before they make their final decision. It builds on the discussion of depreciation at

David Marshall, the editor of Safecar, explains, “Instead of buying based on price, it’s better to look at the average miles-per-gallon numbers. If you plan on owning the vehicle for three years, it can pay you to pay more for a vehicle that costs you less to run. It’s the same with depreciation. Most new cars bleed value over the first three years, but some hold their value better than others. Before you decide which make and model to buy, work through the infographic to find out which factors to take into account.”

Everyone wants to get the best value for money so, before the final decision, spend a little more time to make the most cost-effective decision. Looking back in three years time with the family budget balanced or in surplus, the smile will confirm the most rational decision saved the most money!

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