Annual figures

Vehicle Cost Index

The development of costs for the purchase and utilization of passenger vehicles in comparison to other living expenses

Mobility is a basic need of humanity. No other means of transport is as suitable for meeting mobility requirements as is the car. In Germany, the car, with more than 80%, represents the lion's share of personal transport. In the new millennium, the car - now more than 100 years old - is more attractive and indispensable than ever. However, driving costs money. The trend of costs for the purchase and use of the car compared to other living expenses is shown in the table below.

Vehicle Cost Index

2016 2017 Change in %
Vehicle Cost Index (2010=100)
Total index 101.6 104.6 2.9
Motorcycles 105.5 109.3 3.6
Passenger cars 103.6 105.1 1.45
New 102.2 103.8 1.57
Used 110.0 111.5 1.36
Fuels 90.6 96.0 5.96
Super 91.6 96.6 5.46
Diesel 87.9 94.7 7.74
Spare parts, accessories, maint. products 107.8 107.8 0.0
Repairs, inspections, etc. 115.6 119.1 3.03
Garage rental 106.0 107.2 1.13
Driving school 111.7 116.5 4.3
Vehicle insurance 101.0 101.2 0.2
Vehicle tax 98.0 98.0 0
Price index for non-transport-related services 118.1 120.0 1.61
in comparison:
Cost-of-living (2010=100) 107.4 109.3 1.77
*) partially interim or estimated figures
First publication: 06.05.2008

Last modified: 24.04.2018

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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