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Australia Brisbane is the most expensive Australian city to own a car

11:26  08 august  2018
11:26  08 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Brisbane drivers spend more to own and run their car than motorists from any other Australian city , according to a new report. The Australian Automobile Association's latest Transport Affordability Index shows it costs ,745 to own and run a car in Brisbane for one year.

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a sign on the side of a building: The price of fuel has drivers seeing red. (9NEWS)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The price of fuel has drivers seeing red. (9NEWS) Brisbane drivers spend more to own and run their car than motorists from any other Australian city, according to a new report.

The Australian Automobile Association's latest Transport Affordability Index shows it costs $19,745 to own and run a car in Brisbane for one year.

It's a staggering figure that includes costs such as car loan repayments, fuel, tolls, registration and servicing.

It means overall, transport costs are driving away with a whopping 17 percent of the average household income. That's more than Sydney and Melbourne.

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Brisbane is the second- most expensive Australian city for car ownership - but there's a way you can make an income from it too.

The Most Expensive Cities For Owning A Car . But petrol prices are just one of the costs of running a car ; owners also have to fork out for insurance, road tax and servicing. Using data from the Economist Intelligence Unit, the chart below shows the total cost of buying a family car (an average of low- and

Rebecca Michael from RACQ wants the government to step in.

"A lot of money being spent by Brisbane motorists on transport," Ms Michael said.

Roads minister Mark Bailey said programs and procedures have been put in place to curb the worrying figures.

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Taxes for ordinary cars also sometimes match up to the taxes levied on luxury cars in other countries. And then the higher petrol and gas prices also add to the overall cost tag that a car Also check out our list of Top 15 Most Expensive Countries in the World – 2014, which gives you a rundown of the

Through the analysis, Instamotor calculated the most expensive and least expensive cities to buy a car . On the other end of the spectrum, you would think smaller cities with modest average incomes would have cheap cars , and you would be mostly right except for a few outliers.

"We've got to keep working on it and we certainly will," Mr Bailey said.

Ballooning petrol prices are certainly part of the problem, while toll roads are seeing record use.

In the last 12 months alone, operator Transurban posted $629 million in revenue.

"You've always got to look at what more can be done to improve things for tolling customers, that's why the government has an inquiry," Mr Bailey said.

Motorists sick of being taken for a ride should consider public transport, which costs, on average, $54 a week, where as motorists spend closer to $380.

Brisbane drivers spend more to own and run their car than motorists from any other Australian city. Picture: 9NEWS© 9NEWS Brisbane drivers spend more to own and run their car than motorists from any other Australian city. Picture: 9NEWS Mr Bailey and RACQ agree it's time for people to ditch their car.

"I absolutely want to see more people using our public transport system and that's what we actually starting too see," Mr Bailey said.

"We'd encourage motorists to take the bus or take public transport where it's possible to do so," Ms Michael said.

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