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Typical costs of buying and operating a new vehicle

Initial costs

  1. deposit or whole purchase price:
    • the purchase price is negotiable and should always be lower than the Recommended Retail Price
  2. registration fees:
    • NIL for Incapacitated Person's Vehicle or Transport for disabled handicapped or injured
    • NIL for Charitable, Benevolent or Religious Institution (vehicle not to be used for the carriage of passengers or a load for hire or reward, must be marked with the name of the institution and used in connection with the management or business of the institution)
  3. Transport Accident Commission (TAC) compulsory third party insurance
  4. comprehensive, third party fire and theft or third party property damage insurance
  5. number plate fees
  6. dealer’s delivery charge
  7. motor vehicle duty
  8. extras e.g. extended warranty, airbags, engine immobiliser.

Recurring fixed costs

  1. registration renewal fees:
    • NIL for Incapacitated Person's Vehicle or Transport for disabled handicapped or injured.
    • NIL for Charitable, Benevolent or Religious Institution (vehicle not to be used for the carriage of passengers or a load for hire or reward, must be marked with the name of the institution and used in connection with the management or business of the institution)
  2. TAC compulsory third party insurance
  3. comprehensive, third party fire and theft or third party property damage insurance
  4. roadside assistance
  5. interest (on financial loans).

Operating costs

  1. fuel
  2. servicing, maintenance and repairs.

Related information

  •  Fuel
    Information about fuel types, access to Government fuel contracts, fuel pricing and managing fuel consumption.
  •  Maintenance and Servicing
    Information about maintenance, servicing and repairs and breakdowns.

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