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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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So ya think it's expensive to own a car in the US?

AMERICA CHEAPER THAN AUSTRALIA, UK
Australia may no longer be the lucky country, according to CarPoint's exclusive Monaro index survey.
David McCarthy investigates.

CarPoint has compared retail prices for a Holden Monaro coupe and a BMW 330Ci coupe, fuel prices and insurance costs on three continents. America, it seems, is not only the land of the free, but also the land of the cheap.

Despite being invented and built in Australia, the Monaro are substantially cheaper in North America. Once prices are converted into the equivalent Australian dollars, the USA Monaro (Pontiac GTO) retails for $47,094 compared to $59,950 for Australia and $71,625 in the UK.

It's when you get to insurance that its cheaper to live in Australia with a price of $1953 for a comprehensive policy compared to $2163 in the USA and a huge $3350 in the UK.

All this of course is before you drive the car. Let's assume 20,000km worth of fuel over the first year. Despite recent fuel price rises in the USA this tallies up to $1196 compared to $2652 in Australia and an astounding $5200 in the UK.

Add this to the purchase price of the Monaro and the insurance bill, and you've spent $50,453 in the USA, $64,543 in Australia and a whopping $80,175 in the UK.

It's an even more dramatic tale for the BMW 330Ci prestige coupe, which is a relative bargain in the USA at $53,300, $78,750 in the UK and almost double at $96,800 in Australia. However, the UK is a cheaper place to insure your BMW than even the USA, with our quotes coming back at $1280 against $1439 in Australia and $1898 in the USA.

And the fuel bill? $920 in the USA, $2040 in Australia and an even $4000 in the UK. This means the cheapest place to purchase and drive a BMW 330Ci coupe is American with a total bill of $56,118 in the USA. That's a whopping thirty grand ahead of the UK at $86,100 and nearly half the Australian total of $100,279.

NOTES: CarPoint has compared the BMW 330Ci and the Monaro CV8. They are both available in the USA, UK and Australia and where possible specification levels and driver type for insurance purposes have been kept as close as possible. We have assumed an average of 20,000km per year, a 40 year old driver with maximum no claim bonus, no finance on vehicle and garaged off street securely in a middle income suburb and a clean licence. The exchange rates used are US$0.69 and GBP0.40. Fuel prices per litre at the time of writing were UK $2.00, USA $0.46 AUS $1.02.

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Come on Singapore is way more expensive than Australia. They only allow X number of cars to be sold per year and you have to bid on a voucher to buy a car. My wife's sister bought a BMW318 in 2000 and paid 175,000 Sing dollar at an exchange rate of about 1.7 that's a bit over 100K USD for a car I could get for 30K or less here.

Nice driving car but the engine is pathetic...

BTW what's the f*cking deal with BMW... the 3 series starts at around 27K so how the f*ck do you option a 27K car up to 53,300?

My wife's father was looking at Honda Accords for 160K.. and the best part is it says "estimated" because from day to day the market rate on the vouchers goes up and down.

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I'm sure there are possibly more expensive places to have a car.... Japan possibly could be added to that list. Dunno where you get your BMW pricing from. However this article was comparing Australia with the UK and USA.
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3 series cheapest 30K most expensive 66K

From BMW's website I must have looked last year before buying my G35 but before you add options



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Once I got a 330 configured the way I would want it I was way over 40K...

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They were comparing the 330Ci, not just the cheapest base model 3 series though.
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Although Canadian cars are cheaper to buy than American cars...........the fuel is more and I'm pretty sure the insurance is more.



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BMWs go like this... there's the 325 and the 330... (184hp and 210), there's RWD and AWD... then there's 4 body styles...
the base 325 sedan starts at 28k, the 330 sedan starts at 35...
the AWD is about 30k and 37k
the coupe is RWD and is 30 and 36k
the convertible is even more at 38k and 44k
the wagon is a little more affordable at 30 and 32
that's just base prices... it's easy to option a 30k 330 out to 45 with the sport package... but oh it is so worth it...
the way i saw it was you can pretty much get the low end engine in a high end body for the same price as the high end engine in the low end body...
as in the small engine in the coupe is about the same as the big engine in the sedan and so forth up the body styles (wagon and coupe are priced almost the same)
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and I'm pretty sure the insurance is more.
Insurance is definitly more!
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