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Energy costs, but that’s not all

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To make matters worse, inflation is still high in most countries, sitting above the acceptable level set by central banks. This has negatively impacted the economic perceptions of motorists, particularly with regard to energy costs. Almost 9 out of 10 motorists point to a rise in the price of petrol, diesel and electricity (Fig. 1). The Turks and Italians are the most vocal on this issue, while the Chinese are more measured.

There is also a sense that running a vehicle is becoming more and more expensive, more so even than buying one. Indeed, after energy, vehicle maintenance is the expense hit hardest by inflation. 3 out of 4 respondents make this point, with the Turks and Mexicans again topping the list, while the Japanese and Norwegians are at the other end of the scale. The rising cost of new cars comes fourth in this ranking, only just ahead of the price of used cars, with 7 out of 10 people underlining this factor.

Fig. 1


One of the consequences of the war in Ukraine has been the soaring price of all forms of energy, something that cannot be overlooked. The volatility of fuel itself is matched only by that of its cost, which fluctuates by its very nature, exacerbating the uncertainty felt by motorists. From one country to the next and from one year to the next, it is hard to know what to expect and therefore how to budget for fuel expenses (Fig. 2). What’s more, consumers are more likely to see prices at the pump rise than to see them fall.
The measures put in place to rein in costs, including in France, are often short lived and quickly fall into a state of consumer limbo, before disappearing from the economic landscape. In addition, deliberate production cuts in Saudi Arabia and Russia are pushing prices back up.

Fig. 2 / Context

Sub-section 2
Price, first and foremost
In the previous Observatoire Cetelem, entitled “Cars: whatever it takes”, we took a detailed look at the impact of price on the automotive market. Here, price was described by many as a g
Sub-section 4
A future marked by price hikes
Price rises are not just an issue today, as these look set to continue in the future. For consumers, there is little hope of the situation improving over the next few years as far as motoring costs a