Since 2008, automobile consumption has been suffering from the economic crisis

Joan Sanchez-Gonzalez, division Synthèses des biens et services, Insee

In 2013, households devoted 11% of their budget to car-related expenses. Since 2008, the volume of that expenditure has been on the decline. Purchases of new cars have been dropping since the start of the crisis in 2008, with the exception of 2009, the first year with the implementation of the scrappage premium. Diesel cars are losing ground but nonetheless account for the majority of new purchases. Similarly, the volume of maintenance expenditure has been falling since 2008 faced with the regular increase in the cost of maintenance. On the other hand, other car-related expenses (insurance, tolls, etc.) continue to rise. Households living in rural areas devote 11 points more to their car budget than those living in the urban areas around Paris.

Insee Première
No 1520
Paru le : 14/10/2014