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Looking To Buy A Car? Read This First!

Did you just get your first job? If not, are you looking to get a car? Do you need one?

These questions are easy and straightforward, but unfortunately the cost involved in getting a car isn’t. This was the discussion at the recent roundtable with Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Allianz Insurance and RinggitPlus.


The session was to discuss and provide insights into financial planning, vehicle protection and car maintenance factors; cost benefits when purchasing a car. But does affording a car involve just the downpayment and instalments? According to Hann Liew, Founder of RinggitPlus, the individual must first ask if getting a car is a need; and if they can afford it.


In this slide, the total cost of ownership based on a RM 50,000 car is an additional 30 per cent on top of the car in its 5th year. Add in depreciation, running costs, interest and maintenance and you have quite a bit of payments to make.


This might be a surprise to you, but even an individual on a RM 4,000 monthly salary should only afford a RM 37,000 car based on the 20 per cent monthly total cost of ownership rule.


So should you then look at a used car instead of purchasing new? Either or, your vehicle will need insurance. When looking at an insurance perspective, Sazali from Allianz stated that used cars usually have a lower insurance premium compared to new cars.


In this chart, the average vehicle depreciation value after 10-years of a RM 50,000 new car is a whopping 68 per cent.


Here the table for insurance premiums are based on continental, local or Japanese models showcase the differences in percentage. Detariffication factors are also one that will affect premiums based on the individual.


What about maintenance? This cost factor is also occasionally ignored, but it doesn’t have to be a burden. “If you’d like to better optimise your car maintenance budget, either DIY in the upkeep of some auto parts such as changing your own wiper blades or opt for reputable brands for auto spare parts as they can lower your car maintenance cost by 25 to 50 per cent”, said Go Boon Wah, Marketing Manager, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia.


Optimising the car maintenance budget are points that Bosch has put together. These are:

  • Understanding your car (Eg. If car starts sluggishly, it could be time for a battery change)

  • Work with trusted workshops (Based on reputation and word of mouth recommendations)

  • Regular Maintenance (Faulty parts will cause other parts to work harder, leading to further breakdown)

  • DIY (Purchase wipers online and fix it yourself to save on labour cost)

  • Choose quality-assured auto parts (Save average 47% if you purchase Bosch quality auto parts)


In this table example, the prices for services at regular workshop versus Original Equipment (OE) service centres are compared.


So the takeaway? Owning a car in Malaysia is no walk in the park. It takes commitment in knowing the long term costs involved, the incurred depreciation, insurance, and maintenance savings that you will gain in the long run. Remember that it is always important to be an informed individual when it comes to proper car ownership.


Click here if you want to know the breakdown of how much it really costs to own a car in Malaysia!

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