Car: An Expensive Necessity
8 August 2013 - Défi Media Group
The car is one of the most ingenious inventions man has invented. Over the years, it has become a necessity in the world. In Mauritius, the number of cars on our roads shows that the situation is far from being different. However, owning a can cause various expenses that are strangling the budget.
The number of cars on our roads has increased dramatically over the past decade. According to statistics from the National Transport Authority (NTA), from January to June this year, we count on our 153 routes 702 cars, or 5,969 more than the previous year. In addition, 3,288 new cars and 3,111 cars were imported reconditioned. What are the factors that led to this increase?
According to Yusuf Ismail, Economic Observer, the increase of cars on the roads Mauritius is due to economic factors. "In recent years, the cost of the car has not experienced significant increase compared to wages. Therefore, many Mauritian families can afford to buy a car. In addition, lower taxes on reconditioned cars makes these more accessible. This could explain the increase of cars on our roads. Furthermore, the exemption from tax on new cars for some officials, following the last report Pay Research Bureau (PRB) and the many facilities offered by various institutions may also be factors that contributed to this increase.
One example is the "car leasing" and other facilities offered by banks. Among the economic factors, we can also mention the recent appreciation of the rupee, which reduces the cost of importing cars. This assessment increases the competition between the various companies selling cars and reconditioned, resulting in very competitive prices, "he says.
In addition, the Economic Observer said that modern life demands mobility, so the car has become a necessity. "Today, people have a need for mobility. Whether for leisure or for work, you always need to move from one point to another, "said Yusuf Ismail.
The figures obtained from the National Transport Authority and the explanations of the Economist show that car sales in Mauritius is indeed a booming market. However, buying a car is one thing, but the costs that are related is quite another. The car is new, used or refurbished, there's more than just the cost of purchasing the vehicle. Maintenance, fuel and the depreciation factor are among the factors that add to the price of one. The car can be a major source of expenditure.
The car and its expenses
The operating cost includes the variable costs of car use. It may be the cost of gasoline and the amount spent for maintenance and various repairs. What is the essence, the price rose 5.98% in early 2013, from Rs 49 to Rs 30 per liter 52.25.
Diesel, meanwhile, increased from Rs 41.20 to Rs 43 per liter 95. This increase has a significant impact on the exchange of motorists. Edley Jacques, who made the trip from his home to his office every day, we reflected. "Since the rise of gasoline, traveling by car cost me dearly. I travel about 97 kilometers daily. Previously, I spent Rs 300 for petrol while today the same trip cost me in excess of Rs 350, "he said.
The maintenance fee is in addition to that of gasoline. This includes the various repair and replacement of defective parts. According to Olivier Saminaden, owner of an old car 16 years, spending his car to have a significant impact on the budget.
"Half of my monthly salary is devoted to the maintenance of my car. Since the beginning of this year, I spent more than Rs 25 000, or for the repair or replacement of defective parts. Last month, I paid Rs 7500 to repair the radiator and to the drain. This month, I had to replace the battery which cost me about Rs 3500, and next month I will have to change the tires. I have no other choice but to pay for its expenses, because my car is indispensable to me, "he said.
Ownership costs are for fixed costs such as insurance and road tax. These are payable annually or quarterly. Administrative procedures before a car or on the road can be very time consuming and costly. According to the National Transport Authority (NTA), to save a car in his name, it must first be examined by the officers of Vehicle Examination Centre (note: for details see inset) where the particulars of the vehicle will be certified. Following this, the new owner must go to the office to get the NTA 'Horse Power' which cost him Rs 400.
In addition, the law requires that a car be insured all risks or third depending on the specifics of the vehicle. Insurance fees are payable annually and the cost depends on the capacity and age of the vehicle. The annual payment, quarterly or semi-annual road tax is in addition to the costs mentioned above. Road tax also varies depending on the capacity of the car.
Zaid Ameer, president of the Dealers in Imported Vehicles Association (DIVA): "The reconditioned are popular"
From January to June this year, 3,111 were imported reconditioned cars in Mauritius. In addition, in recent years, this type of car is in high demand, especially for economic reasons. According to Zaid Ameer, the small cars are searched for by Mauritians "To save money on gasoline, especially when it comes to driving in traffic, many Mauritians are opting for small cars such as Toyota Vitz of 1000 cc or 1240 Nissan March AK12 DC, among others.
In addition, the market value of these cars depreciate very little. For example, a Toyota Vitz 2002 can easily be sold at about Rs 250,000. In Mauritius, there is a clear preference for Japanese cars, especially for the quality. In addition, the Japanese authorities provide measures to attract customers and at the same time boost the export of cars. We will be entitled to certain benefits, "he said.
Sale of spare parts
Sale of spare parts for cars is a booming market in Mauritius. Whether, new cars old or reconditioned spare parts sell like hotcakes. In addition, for some cars, parts are sold at a relatively high price and are also very difficult to find. It is indeed confirmed that Manish B. This driver has come to the island looking for a part for his car of German origin. "When I bought a BMW, I was warned that it was going to cost me dearly and maintenance would be a real headache.
However, I have no time to hesitate, as it was my favorite car. Just a few months after the purchase, I had given the car to a mechanic. This was the beginning of a real ordeal. That the defective part was not available in Mauritius, I had to wait several months before it is replaced. In the end, the piece was commissioned on the Internet and it cost me nearly Rs 75,000. I ended up regretting my choice, "he says.
The difficulty in obtaining spare parts is confirmed by Mr. Noorani, sales manager Katy Spare Parts. "It is difficult to find some parts, especially the most resistant. It is those that have been designed to last and which are defective by misuse. Thus, as these parts are rarely requested, they are imported in small quantities. Moreover, the parts are very expensive, especially the original. Therefore, people often turn to the copies that sell for much cheaper, even if they are not of good quality, "he says.
Mandatory Examination of vehicle
In Mauritius, the vehicles are considered by the officers of the NTA, posted in two reviews of the center island, that of Plaine Lauzun or Forest Side. The certificate of fitness is required for the granting of an insurance policy as well as for the payment of road tax. These certificates are often requested by police officers during routine checks. Motorists are advised to go to the examination centers in their area. To examine the car can sometimes take all day.
This is indeed what attested, Marie-Paule C. "To get an appointment, you should call the office of the NTA at least one week before the expiration of the certificate of fitness. To get there, I have to take a day off, because there is every time a long queue outside the door and in front of the wicket. We often see two, my husband driving the car, and I take care of everything that is administrative. Usually you have to pay between Rs 400 to the cost of the examination of the vehicle. However, this is not the only amount we must pay if we also take into consideration the day off and travel, "she said.
Understand the mechanics:a Chinese puzzle
It is often said that before learning to drive, a person must learn the basics of mechanics, if it intends to be the owner of the car. That said, the mechanics is not a simple matter. In addition, those of you who do not understand anything about it can run the risk of being fooled by resellers parts or even mechanics. Fully rely on these people can sometimes mean empty his wallet. We are male or female, one day we can be in this kind of situation.
However, women drivers are more prone to such problems. It is indeed confirmed that Natasha Gopal, 34. This resident of Curepipe, IT manager in a company Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), gives us his views on the subject: "It is often impossible to replace a flat tire me, because I have not enough strength to loosen the nuts. Moreover, the mechanics do not tell enough about the defective parts. Sometimes they just say that this is how it works! , "She said.