Where Is The Cheapest Place In The UK To Own A Car?

Wed 12th Jun 2019

It will come as no surprise to learn that there are parts of the UK which are more expensive to run a car than others, but where are they and where is it cheap to drive around?

According to an analysis of data by car insurance company, By Miles, Galashiels in Scotland is the cheapest place, with London at the other end of the scale.

Drivers in Scotland get the best of all motoring worlds, with some of the finest scenery for driving they also have the top five cheapest areas with Galashiels 44p per mile, followed by Inverness, Falkirk, Dumfries & Galloway and Perth.

Londoners meanwhile pay a hefty 58p per mile, taking into consideration all factors such as insurance quotes, fuel costs, tax and MOT charges, with drivers in Manchester 57p, Stockport 56p, Dudley and Oldham all paying more than the rest of the UK.

The data looked at more than 2.7million car insurance quotes and By Miles’ unique pay-per-mile car insurance might be the future of getting those costs down according to co-founder James Blackham: "Our analysis shows that when you take all your motoring costs into account, your postcode can play a big part in how much you pay for every mile you drive. And those who drive the least are suffering most.

"While drivers in London, Manchester, Dudley and Stockport may feel cheated when they see how much they’re paying compared to other parts of the country, there are things motorists can do to reduce how much they pay.

"Shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal for your car insurance, and if you drive under 7,000 miles a year, a pay-by-mile insurance policy could offer a more flexible way to insure your car."