Costs of running a car in Australia (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

The post relating to the costs of running a car in Malaysia is located here.

I only have an experience with running the car as stated below. As such, I will resort to using figures based on that car.

Type of car: Holden Astra 1.8 Manual Transmission

Price of car: AUD12,000 (Second Hand)

Car Registration: AUD700 per year

Insurance: AUD 370 per year  (Third Party Property Fire & Theft according to Budget Direct)

Petrol: AUD200 per month

Servicing: AUD400 per year

Repairs: Set aside AUD2,000 per year for those once in a blue moon repairs.

If there are any figures that you don’t agree with, do share in the comments section below.


Disclaimer: This article is not a specific nor general advice on managing or investing your money. This article does not constitute a recommendation nor does it take into account your investment objectives, financial situation nor particular needs.

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This blog is about the journey of a 28-year-old Malaysian towards financial freedom. This blog was started back when the blogger was 21 years old. However, his journey towards financial freedom had begun way before that. Materials such as investing, business, entrepreneurship, equities, and real estate are presented. The author also posts his thoughts and observations on life in general.


  1. fatenbest says:

    Hi Nadlique, I just wonder, what is your major? U seems to be really good with figure and accountancy+ economic stuff. Where do u study in Australia?

  2. My major is accountancy (not something that I am passionate about unfortunately), and currently studying in Brisbane.

    You’re doing Petroleum Engineering right? Berapa lama lagi nak grad?

  3. fatenbest says:

    Another 1 year. Saya grad May 2010. Wah.. Nadlique dah nak grad dah, and I m pretty sure you are a lot younger than I am. I am doing Petroleum Engineering kat Missouri University of Science and Technology or formerly known as University Missouri Rolla. Awk bawah tajaan sape2 ker, or private?

  4. Petroleum Engineer, mesti gaji besar nanti. Hehe.

    Saya pun bawah tajaan org jugak.

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