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In Which Cities Is It Most Expensive to Own a Car?

The top three cities in which it was most expensive to own a car are Shanghai, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Delhi, India. These figures are based on the three-year period from 2010-2012 and include costs for purchasing the vehicle, fuel, insurance, parking and other miscellaneous expenses. Although Shanghai’s average price for car ownership decreased by 16.3% compared with five years earlier, mainly because of lower vehicle purchase costs, it still cost about $147,000 US Dollars (USD) to own a car in Shanghai from 2010-2012 — or about three times the cost of owning a car in New York City for that same time period. Sao Paulo’s costs increased by nearly 24% from five years earlier, to almost $130,000 USD for 2010-2012, and Delhi’s costs increased by more than 45% to $120,000 USD.

More about car ownership and costs worldwide:

  • London has the highest vehicle parking costs in the world, with an average monthly cost of $940.99 USD.

  • In 2010, the number of registered vehicles in the world surpassed 1 billion for the first time.

  • The United States has more vehicles than any other country, at an estimated 239 million vehicles in 2011, followed by China with 78 million.
Allison Boelcke
By Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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