Car subscription service Carbar found this was despite 41% of car owners not feeling in control of their car expenses, which costs $5,100 annually or $9,000 for those with loan repayments. 

The majority of people (34%) intend to buy a second-hand car this year, while around 22% intend to buy a new car. 


In the market for a new car? The table below features car loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market.

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LenderCar LoanInterest Rate Comparison Rate* Monthly Repayment Interest Type Vehicle Type Maximum Vehicle Age Ongoing Fee Upfront Fee Total Repayment Early Repayment Instant Approval Online Application TagsFeaturesLinkCompare
7.19% p.a.
8.31% p.a.
$597
Fixed
New
1 year
$8
$400
$35,804
Approval within 24 hoursEarly payout available
  • Required: Good credit history, stable employment history. Aus citizenship or PR.
6.69% p.a.
7.81% p.a.
$590
Fixed
New
1 year
$8
$400
$35,379
Approval within 24 hours
  • Save the planet. Save thousands on your car loan.
  • Get a discounted rate if you buy electric
  • Required: Good credit history, stable employment history. Aus citizenship or PR.
6.57% p.a.
7.19% p.a.
$588
Fixed
New
No Max
$0
$250
$35,278
Loan amounts from $2k to $75k
  • Available for any new motorised vehicle
  • No ongoing or early exit fees
  • 1-7 years loan terms. Pay monthly, fortnightly, or weekly
  • Get quick decision. Funds in 24 hrs if approved
6.34% p.a.
8.36% p.a.
$585
Variable
New
1 year
$8
$400
$35,084
7.29% p.a.
8.41% p.a.
$598
Fixed
New
1 year
$8
$400
$35,889
7.99% p.a.
8.27% p.a.
$608
Fixed
New, Used
No Max
$0
$195
$36,489
7.19% p.a.
7.82% p.a.
$597
Fixed
New, Used
7 years
$0
$249
$35,804
No ongoing fees
8.27% p.a.
8.27% p.a.
$612
Fixed
New, Used
No Max
$0
$595
$36,731
7.95% p.a.
8.16% p.a.
$608
Fixed
New
5 years
$0
$150
$36,454
8.99% p.a.
9.33% p.a.
$623
Fixed
New, Used
7 years
$5
$0
$37,356
9.24% p.a.
9.86% p.a.
$626
Variable
New, Used
10 years
$5
$195
$37,575
9.49% p.a.
10.82% p.a.
$630
Fixed
New, Used
No Max
$9
$474
$37,795
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Around 2.2 million adults are looking for more flexible options, with one million looking to car subscription service, the majority of these millennials. 

Carbar chief executive Des Hang said consumers who had suffered financially as a result of COVID were looking for new ways to save on vehicles. 

"This study indicates that the typical Australian loses around $5131 per year on a new car, factoring in depreciation, insurance, maintenance and repayments," Mr Hang said.

"Almost half of Australians also indicated they do not feel in control of their car expenses too.

“Remarkably, those hardest hit by COVID, millennials, also tend to spend up to $7300 per year on their car -- thousands more each than both Gen X and the Baby Boomers." 

Mr Hang said many people didn't understand how expensive owning a car could be, and said subscription services offer a cheaper alternative.

“For us, this shows a lack of awareness in the market around the true cost of owning a car, a point we are keen to champion and increase awareness on," he said.

"Subscription is a flexible alternative to car ownership that can free up funds to service personal debt or gain greater control over your finances.”

Carbar costs start from $129 a week, which includes everything except fuel, with the company the first to launch car subscription services in Australia. 

Evidencing the popularity of the services, Car Next Door reported in November it had seen a 245% increase in customers between April and October, boasting 12,000 new users added each month. 

Holden attempted to join the movement in 2018, launching their own car subscription service Maven in partnership with GM, but this was shut down at the end of 2020 with just 6,000 active members. 

No cash incentives for buying electric vehicles

The Federal Government released its plan for supporting electric vehicles over the weekend, with no direct financial help for motorists purchasing electric vehicles. 

Instead, the government is looking at supporting the required infrastructure for electric vehicles and helping businesses convert their fleets to electric cars. 

It's a stark contrast to other developed nations, with the United Kingdom banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, and more than half of all new car sales in Norway now electric thanks to large tax incentives. 

The Australian Capital Territory is leading the way in Australia, offering two years free registration for electric vehicles from May, and interest-free loans of up to $15,000 to purchase electric vehicles. 

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