New tool quickly calculates yearly cost of ownership, which Canadians
BURNABY, BC, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - A vehicle is the second-largest
expense most people have, but a lot of us are not taking into account
all the expenses associated with owning and driving a vehicle. Today,
the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is pleased to
introduce "Driving Costs", a free online tool that will allow motorists
to calculate the cost of vehicle ownership easily and quickly. For
everything from gas to licence fees and depreciation, "Driving Costs"
will provide British Columbians the real cost of owning and operating a
vehicle in our province.
In a CAA study conducted as part of an Ipsos Reid poll of over 2,000
Canadians, about four in five of respondents under-estimate the cost of
owning and operating a vehicle, with six in ten Canadians
under-estimating the cost by $4,000 or more. The study also reveals
that two-thirds of Canadians think their annual grocery bill is bigger
than their car ownership costs, which is not true. The yearly ownership
cost for an average compact car in B.C. is about $9,500 while the
average British Columbian spends close to $5,700 on groceries a year.
The recent study also indicates a lot of the discrepancy between actual
ownership costs and Canadians' best guesses comes from not including
depreciation when thinking about the cost of vehicle ownership. When
asked to list vehicle expenses in order of cost, Canadians ranked
depreciation in the bottom three when in fact—it's one of the largest
costs of ownership.
"Our 'Driving Costs' calculator will do more than help British
Columbians plan their household budgets," says Ken Cousin, automotive
expert and BCAA's associate vice president of Road Assist.
"Understanding the real cost of owning and driving a vehicle will also
help people make well-informed decisions regarding a vehicle purchase
and may influence how they use their vehicle and how often they'll
choose to drive. If they decide to drive less frequently, they may end
up saving money."
The "Driving Costs" calculator provides yearly figures, by vehicle make,
class, and province. Users can input their own information, if they
know it, to get an extremely accurate picture, or use representative
figures supplied by CarDATA Inc. to get a very good estimate of their
annual driving costs. The calculator also displays the annual
greenhouse gas emissions for the vehicle selected and compares them to
the best-in-class for that class of vehicle.
"In as little as one minute, you can figure out the true costs of owning
and operating a particular vehicle in B.C., including an electric
vehicle," says Ken Cousin.
"Driving Costs" is now available on BCAA's website at bcaa.com/drivingcostscalculator.
BCAA is one of the most trusted organizations in British Columbia,
serving one-in-four B.C. households. With over 800,000 Members, BCAA
provides an array of award-winning home, auto and travel insurance
products and services, and roadside assistance. BCAA has also received
the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates award for "Highest Customer
Satisfaction among Home Insurance Providers in Western Canada". Now in
its 107th year, BCAA has over $400 million in annual sales, 27 locations and over
800 employees. To learn more about the benefits of BCAA Membership,
visit bcaa.com. For more information on the BCAA Road Safety Foundation visit BCAARoadSafety.com.
SOURCE: British Columbia Automobile Association
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