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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 4th 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Car costs comes crashing down L NEIL McDONALD OWER petrol prices have helped soften the hip-pocket hurt for Australian motor- ists. The latestRACVsurveyon vehicle running costs shows that cars are on average 7 per cent cheaper to own and operate this year compared with last year. This translates into real savings of $16.61 a week for popular small and medium-sized cars. Large cars and four-wheel drives are also cheaper, but still figure as among the most expensive vehicles to operate. For the third year in a row, the Hyundai Getz is the cheapest car to run and own, with the Toyota Land- Cruiser diesel the most expensive. The Korean car costs $114.65 week- ly, $8.18 cheaper than last year. The LandCruiser costs $366.05 weekly, but is also cheapercompared with $401.53 last year. The RACV said lower petrol prices, lower interest rates and good new-car deals helped soften overall costs. RACV chief engineer Michael Case said the drop was the first ‘‘in recent memory’’. Not surprisingly, of the 75 cars surveyed, the best performers are from the light and small-car classes, and the worst performers large four- wheel drives. At $171.92 weekly, the LPG Falcon ute was the cheapest in the ute category and large car sections. The six-cylinder locals were well down the overall list, but Holden Commodore again scored a narrow win over the Ford Falcon. The Falcon costs $231.31 weekly against $226.29 for the Commodore. However, the Falcon and Commo- what they cost HyundaiGetz$114.65 Toyota Yaris $122.27 Hyundaii30 petrol $145.95 HoldenEpica petrol $187.04 ToyotaCamry2.4 $191.83 SubaruLiberty 2.5 $204.99 Ford Falcon $231.31 HoldenCommodore $226.29 HondaCRV$203.72 SubaruForester $194.95 —9 COSTLY: Toyota’s LandCruiser, above. CHEAP: A Hyundai Getz, right. The diesel versus petrol debate dore work utes are cheaper to operate than their sedan cousins. A Falcon ute costs $187.22 weekly, while a Holden ute costs $187.63. Hybrids fared comparatively poorly against petrol cars. Because of the depreciation on their higher showroom price, hybrids trail the fuel misers in the small-car class. A Toyota Prius costs $203.47 a week compared with an equivalent- sized Toyota Corolla, which costs $156.11 a week. was also sharply illustrated by the Hyundai i30. The i30 diesel costs $151.66 weekly, $5.71 more than its petrol stablemate. However, at $224.88 weekly, the Holden Captiva diesel was just 56c more expensive than the petrol version. TheRACVsurvey looks at the cost of fuel, tyres, servicing, spare parts, insurance, registration and deprecia- tion. Massive Mid-Year Clearance 2007 Toyota Corolla Sedan • Roomy 1.8L VVTi auto • airbags • air cond • remote keyless entry • immob • CD • loads of storage space • balance of factory warranty 2007 Toyota Corolla hatch Popular 1.8L VVTi 5 door hatch, auto, airbags, air cond, remote keyless entry + immob, CD, Balance of factory warranty 06 Accent Sedans • Perfect size • Roomy boot • 1.6L 4cyl autos and 5 spd manuals • Antilock brakes • Air cond • CD • Remote keyless entry + immob • Pwr wind • Beautiful embience Just ONE ONLY $ 17,990 06/07 Hyundai Sonata Classy car with superior comfort and style • Super smooth 2.4L 4 cyl auto • 6 airbags – front, side and curtain • Anti-lock brakes • c/control • alarm • immobiliser • keyless entry • all electrics • air cond $ TWO ONLY Just 17,990 • Balance of factory Warranty Autos from $ 12,690 06 Hyundai Grandeur Such has been the reaction by our clients we wish we’d purchased more of these – don’t miss out! eaction by our WARRANTY TO LATE 2011 OR 130,000 KMS NEW CAR From Sale Price$14,990 $ Just 22,990 Brilliant 5 door auto hatch • Air cond • Airbags • P/steer • Keyless entry + immob • Fog lights • ABS • Balance of factory warranty Just BALANCE OF NEW CAR WARRANTY $ 14,490 Cnr Harrington and Bathurst Streets, Hobart. Ph 6237 1199 ONLY 5 LEFT! autorent.com.au Vehicle for illustration purposes only. Prices don’t include the 3% Government Stamp Duty and $23 transfer fee. OPEN ALL WEEKEND STABILITY CONTROL $ Luxury Motoring – 5 speed auto, 8 airbags, full leather seats, silky smooth V6, 17’ alloys, 6 stack CD 8 speaker stereo, cruise, ABS, EBD, EFS. Parking sensors, many superbly appointed interior features. New car warranty applies to late 2011 or up to 130,000 kms. 2.5L 4 cyl auto 4WD with 2 wheel drive option,, cruise ctrl, antilock brakes,air cond, remote keyless entry + immob, pwr wind, mirrors. Fantastic vehicles for everybody. Test drive today Warr. From 19,590 $ $ Manuals from 10,790 06 Nissan Tiida Sedan “enjoy the higher seating position” • Great Economy 1.8L auto • Air cond • airbags • remote keyless entry • immob • Warranty • CD From $ 13,490 07 Suzuki Liana Hatch 06 Nissan X-Trail 4WD Wagon 06 Toyota Aurion Sedan In a class of its own! Powerful, yet economical 3.5L 6 speed auto, stability control, 6 airbags, ABS, cruise ctrl, all electrics including driver seat, air cond, keyless remote entry = immob. War. Just 19,990 2011498-27
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