Total cost of ownership – have you done the math?

Total cost of ownership – have you done the math?

There are a myriad of things to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. Lifestyle, utility, colour, style, efficiency, safety, price and the list goes on. But how often does one consider ‘total cost of ownership’? Total cost of ownership or TCO is the only way you can be sure you can actually afford that vehicle you’ve got your eye on over the lifetime of your ownership.

When you are a large company or the government, total cost of ownership is integral to the purchase decision. They employ procurement experts tasked with getting the best value for their dollar. They scour the market looking for proven data on safety, environmental impact, fitness for purpose, warranty and crucially total cost of ownership. Mitsubishi, a contracted supplier to the government, features strongly in the procurement teams 500 vehicle review, with vehicles rated “lowest TCO” in a number of categories.

“When comparing the upfront initial purchase price of the Mitsubishi range with other makes and models, it becomes clear that the range offers excellent value for money”, says Kevin Richards, Mitsubishi Fleet Business Development Manager. “From technology to safety, economy, efficiency and environmental friendliness, Mitsubishi’s stack up’. However the price is usually just the tip of the iceberg in terms of costs you will incur lurking under the waterline. You need to look beyond the purchase price to identify all other expenses during your ownership.

Take fuel costs for example. Mitsubishi have a range of class leading models in fuel economy. The government review found the Mitsubishi Mirage to have the lowest ownership cost in the small hatch category. It was also voted Light Business Car Of The Year in 2013 by NZ Company Vehicle Magazine and over the Tasman it was voted Australia’s “cheapest car to run” by the Royal Automotive Club Victoria (RACV).

We can’t discus fuel economy without mentioning the new Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). With a phenomenal 1.9L/100km’s, PHEV owners are making serious savings at the pump. Special mention also needs to be given to the much anticipated new Mitsubishi Triton Ute which will be gracing our shores in May. Across the range, the Ute will have the best fuel rating in its class, for example the top of the range 4WD double cab model is just 7.2L/100km’s.

Servicing, parts and maintenance costs should not be overlooked. We did our homework and found Bay City Mitsubishi to be one of the cheapest major franchise service centres in Tauranga.

Reliability and warranty also need to be considered. Mitsubishi’s 10 year / 5 year Diamond Advantage warranty is still New Zealand’s best new car warranty. They wouldn’t be offering a warranty like this if they didn’t have faith in the reliability of their vehicles. Every petrol and diesel vehicle comes with a 10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty, a 5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Warranty and 5 year Roadside Assist.

Purchasing a new vehicle is a highly involved process and it pays to do your homework. The Mitsubishi range has proven itself, having been put through some strict scrutiny by a number of companies who have opted to use Mitsubishi as their major fleet vehicle. The reason for this is simple, the numbers stack up.