How expensive is it to run a car in your city? - MissLJBeauty

How expensive is it to run a car in your city?

Today we are talking about cars. Most of us have the luxury of owning a car. They are an important part of our lives. We use them to go to work. To go on holiday. To go on an adventure. To ferry the kids to and from activities and school. Along with endless trips to the supermarket. It is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have a car in our lives. 
I actually entered car ownership later in life. I grew up rurally then headed to the big city of Edinburgh to go to college.  I didn't really have a need for a car in Edinburgh. The public transport was good and everything I need was within walking or bus distance. Yes, this was before the trams. I am that old. Ahem young. It wasn't until I moved back to the highland That I realised the need to start driving. I also needed my driving licence to get into the police as a Police officer. 

So after a few failed driving test I passed my test and had to enter the wonderful world of car ownership. This was a huge eye-opener for me. I had no idea what it cost to own a car. Yes, I knew I had to buy a car. I bought a very old ford ka in case you are wondering. It looked like a bubble. I had no idea how expensive it is to run. From car insurance, MOTs, Road tax to fuel cost it is a big drain on your wages. At this time in my life, I was working as a civilian in the police and I had to commute the 18 miles each way to the station. I had no idea how expensive this would be. It was a shock to my bank balance. 

Today I was doing my normal procrastination and looking online. I stumbled across a post on Kwik Fit about The most expensive cities to own a car. Wow, my eyes were opened. I never really thought about that the cost of running a car would be different in different parts of the UK. I guess I am naive there. 

Kwik Fit's study compiled The average cost of filling your petrol tanks. On-street parking cost as a visitor. Parking cost as a resident. insurance costs, car servicing, and MOT cost. 

The most expensive is Birmingham
While it may come as a surprise to you, Birmingham tops the list as the most expensive city to own a car. With average insurance costs topping £1,000 and the price of petrol being at the higher end of the scale, it's easy to understand why Birmingham has been awarded this infamous title.Cost to fill a car petrol tank (average size of 55 litres)£71.17
On street parking cost as a visitor (per hour)£3.50
Parking cost as a resident: £785.00
Insurance costs: £1,125.91Car Servicing: £147.43
MOT: £37.18
Total: £2,170.19
The cheapest place in Exeter at £867.48
So here we have it, the winner of the cheapest city to own a car. Exeter has low costs for petrol and on-street visitor parking. However, it's the cost of insurance which puts the city at the top of the list. On average, drivers in Exeter will pay less than £560, compared to nearly £1,500 in London.Cost to fill a car petrol tank (average size of 55 litres)£70.90On street parking cost as a visitor (per hour)£1.10Parking cost as a resident: £30.00Insurance costs: £559.47Car Servicing: £161.28
MOT: £44.73
Total: £867.48
So if you live in Birmingham you are spending £1302.71 more than the folk living in Exeter. This is shocking. I honestly have never even taken this into consideration. Its good news I guess for my inlaws who live near Exeter I guess. I would always recommend shopping around to get the best deals for car essentials. You can get some great deals on everything from insurance to car tyres and MOTs. Just bear in mind to do your research the cheapest deal is not always the best deal when it comes to your car. 

So where did your city come on the list? 

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