Annual cost of running a car soars

Motorists are being burdened by financial pressure with the average annual cost of running a car increasing by more than 20% since April last year, according to a survey.

The study by Sainsbury's Finance revealed that most of the overall price increase is due to a surge incar insurance premiums and a big rise in petrol prices.

Currently, the average running cost is £3,089 - a 21.1% rise on the cost on April 1 2010.

This includes a 30.7% average increase in insurance, a 22.9% rise in fuel and a 5.4% rise in servicing costs.

In addition, MOT test costs have risen 1.6%, while motoring taxes have increased by an average of 5.1%.

The cost of fuel - accounting for £1,720 of the annual car-running expenditure - was based on driving 10,000 miles a year in a Ford Focus.

Out of the 2,022 adults questioned, 18% said they would not think of changing their car insurance but 6.2% obtained more than five quotes.

Ben Tyte, head of motor insurance at Sainsbury's Finance, said: "The cost of motoring has soared in recent months as all costs, but particularly fuel prices and insurance premiums, continue to rise.

"The cost of driving can be kept better in check by shopping around, particularly for fuel and car insurance."

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