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What is the true cost of car ownership on this little island of ours? We look at some important pointers that you should take note of.

Category: Car Ownership Advice


A car isn't for everyone - especially in Singapore. While that statement may piss you off a little bit, that's just the way the system is rigged. The hideously inflated cost of owning a car is meant to discourage the vast majority of Singaporeans from owning a car.

Why? Well, officially prices are at crazy levels to prevent Singapore's roads from becoming too overly congested (and to get you to take public transport).

But let's say that you choose to save up all of your hard-earned cash to purchase a brand-new Honda Civic 1.6 i-VTEC priced at $101,999, Open Market Value (OMV) at $19,370 (as of press time).

You buy the car with a 30 percent downpayment and take out a five-year car loan. End of story? No my friend - that's not even the true cost of a car.

With a five-year loan, the Civic 1.6 I-VTEC will cost over $75,000 more than its original purchase price over a period of 10 years (refer to cost breakdown)

But take note, your cost of ownership will be even more expensive than that!

Why? Because this costing doesn't even include any future increase in COE, road tax, fluctuations in fuel cost, fines, accidents, rising maintenance costs and ERP/parking rate hikes!

Unfortunately, it is difficult to say just how much you can really expect to pay for a new car. But one thing is for sure - you can count on that price being higher than it is today.

Buying a car is a huge decision that can have a major impact on your financial situation. Think about the total cost of a car and picture that money in an investment portfolio with eight percent returns each year.

Unless you absolutely NEED a car and you have a job that can support the expense, it's really much better to put that money aside to grow your retirement funds.

Do you think a car is worth that much of your money?

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