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COSTS – the lowest since 2008
small car category, the top seven vehicles were all
within $10 a week to own and run.
Mazda’s new CX-3 won the increasingly popular
small SUV class, while the Mazda CX-5 was the
medium SUV category winner.
In the commercial vehicle section, Mitsubishi’s
new Triton easily won the 4x4 dual cab category
because of its cheap purchase price and running
and repair costs.
The RACT report looks at more than 100 popular
vehicles across a range of categories. The survey
takes account of all factors contributing to the
cost of running a vehicle in Tasmania, including
servicing, parts, registration and insurance.
Calculations are based on private ownership
for five years and driving an average 12,000
kilometres a year.
The RACT’s latest vehicle operating costs
survey found costs are at their lowest level
A competitive market, lower fuel prices and
record low interest rates have all contributed
to this result. It seems virtually every new car
released over the past twelve months is cheaper
than the previous model.
This year’s cheapest car to own and run is the
Suzuki Celerio. At $94.61 a week, this micro
vehicle is more than $10 a week cheaper than
the second-placed Mitsubishi Mirage. While
the Celerio is similar in the day-to-day running
costs, its low drive-away price means standing
costs are well below its competition.
Suzuki also finished on top in the light car class
where the Swift’s retained value and low service
and repair costs helped it to beat the Honda Jazz
in second place.
The Mitsubishi Lancer ES finished on top of the
Good safety checks
Good customer service
Launceston Tyre & Brake Service
Cnr Frederick & Margret Streets
Launceston Tasmania 7250
Ph: 6331 6755
Auto Technicians & Advisors
94 Gormanston Road Moonah Tel: 62724266
Your expectations met...No surprises!
• same day service – pick up & deliver
• all work guaranteed
• new cores fitted
• engine flushing
• thermatic & clutch fans
• air condensers
• free delivery all areas
• plastic tank radiators
• heavy duty radiators
• custom made aluminium radiators
• custom made intercoolers
Opposite Geilston Bay High School
312 East Derwent Hwy, Lindisfarne
We offer the
largest range of
heater cores in
Prop Tony Rogers
After hours 6248 6647
All major credit cards accepted
3 year nationwide warranty
LINDISFARNE SERVICE CENTRE
• Tyre fitting and wheel alignments
• Nationwide Warranty
Servicing the Eastern Shore for 25 Years
151 East Derwent Highway, Lindisfarne
Ph 6243 5990
151 East Derwent Hwy
LINDISFARNE TAS 7015
All radiator repairs, car or truck
Environmentally friendly workshop
Phone 6334 8722
6 SHAMROCK St. SOUTH Launceston
Custom made alloy radiators
Tig welding fabrications
Alternator & starter repairs
Wiring & aux. lighting
Dual battery systems
Air Conditioning repairs & service
See the full results at www.ract.com.au
When buying a used car, how do you tell a good one from a lemon? You don’t have to,
because our team of technicians can do it for you. Using the latest technology, we’ll give you an unbiased report on its
condition. RACT offers a full range of vehicle inspections including total vehicle, full and basic mechanical, warranty
checks, after-crash repair, maintenance, specific fault diagnosis, pre-registration (Authorised Inspection Station).
For bookings call: Hobart 6232 6333, Launceston 6335 5633, Burnie 6434 2933 or Devonport 6424 7744.
This belongs in a fruit bowl,
not your driveway.
RACT members receive 10% discount on full mechanical inspections.
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