Belfast Telegraph

Warning as cost of motoring soars

The cost of running a small family car has soared by more than 600 euro in the last year, according to a poll.

An AA survey showed motorists are forking out 11,817 euro a year to run a vehicle, up 5.8%.

Conor Faughnan, director of policy with the AA, said while motor insurance and the price of repairs rose slightly, the biggest change was in the price of fuel.

"In June of 2010 petrol cost 133.3 cent per litre, but by June of this year that had risen to 151.7 cent," he said.

"This is a surge of more than 12%, something that motorists are certainly feeling in their pockets."

The AA calculations are based on running costs, servicing, fuel and insurance for a small family car in the 'Band C' tax category, typical engine size of 1251 - 1500cc.

It showed a car that achieves 30 miles per gallon (9.5 litres per 100kms) and does 1,600 kilometres per year will use 1,500 litres of fuel - costing 2,300 a year, up from 2,000.

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