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Australian Car Buying: Fascinating Facts

Australia is very much a nation of car lovers. Whether it’s sports cars, muscle cars, 4x4s or otherwise, there’s a four-wheeled friend out there for everyone. It’s still also very popular for Australian businesses to buy and run their own vehicles, too. To get from A to B every day, owning a car just makes sense.

Whether you’re buying your first car in Australia or are simply fascinated by our national love for hitting the road, there are plenty of fascinating facts and figures out there.

How much do you know about our love for vehicles?


It’s time to test your knowledge – some of these points may come in very handy indeed when you’re making your next vehicle purchase.

  • There are already thought to be around 18 million vehicles on Australian roads right now. That’s including cars, motorcycles, lorries and more. Passenger vehicles make up the majority.

  • This equates to around 92.5% of households. This means you’re likely going to be rubbing shoulders with the majority of people when you hit the road.

  • That also means that there are roughly 1.8 cars per household! One car never seems to be enough for the average Australian family.

  • The average age of an Australian car is just short of 10 years. That means, reasonably, you can expect to run a vehicle for up to a decade after it has been bought brand new. Makes and models may vary, as will usage. However, it’s fairly comforting to know that you’ll have the same vehicle in your life for quite some time.

  • Tasmanian car drivers tend to hold onto their cars the longest. On average, motorists in Tasmania will dispense with their vehicles after 12.6 years of ownership.

  • That’s in direct contrast with drivers in the Northern Territory, who generally run cars for around nine years before buying a new one. There’s not too much difference in numbers here – but the statistics are still interesting.

  • Year on year, the most popular brand of car in Australia is Toyota. They have topped the sales charts nationwide in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

  • They are closely followed by Mazda, who has held the second position for four years, and Hyundai, who has been a runner-up in the race since 2016.

  • That means that the most prolific Australian car brand – Holden – loses out to a number of significant international names. Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Ford all out-sold Holden’s cars in 2018.

  • However, plenty of luxury car brands seem to be getting less popular with Australians. Audi, Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus all wobbled in terms of sales in 2018. Does this mean more Australians are considering more cost-effective vehicles?


Regardless of the car, you wish to buy, or how you take to the road, help is always at hand when it comes to making that big purchase. Whether you’re a seasoned motorist or a first-time buyer, call Auto Car Loans today for buying help and advice on 1300 301 051 .

DISCLAIMER : The thoughts and opinions conveyed on this website are those of the authors only and are of a general nature. This does not constitute financial or general advice to you from Auto Loans Group. You should seek your own independent advice from a professional which is specific to your circumstances before considering any of the items referred to in this article, including finance, insurance, and car buying.