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News   December 1, 2015   by CARS Magazine

By the Numbers: Monthly car costs and more…



Percentage of jobs held in Canada by Millennials (people born between 1980 and 2000), now the dominant demographic in the Canadian workforce. Generation X (born 1969 -1979) holds 33.9% of the jobs, and Boomers (1946-1964) hold 31.1%.

Statistics Canada, Canadian Business magazine


Percentage of owners of 1-3 year old vehicles who have a pre-paid (or complimentary) maintenance package in 2015. Last year, the number was just 25%.

J.D. Power & Associates


The average amount of work dealerships bill per month as a direct result of processing vehicle recalls. Though they can’t charge for the actual recall work itself, dealerships in Canada, the U.S., and Australia see an average of 84 recall appointments monthly, and other work is found during those appointments.

Xtime, a subsidiary of Cox Automotive


By 2020, the global percentage of new vehicles expected to come factory-equipped with turbochargers. In North America penetration of the technology is expected to grow from its current 23 per cent to roughly 39 percent.

Honeywell’s 2015 Global Turbo Forecast


Percentage of North American light vehicles manufactured in Canada during Q3 2015. The U.S. manufactures 67.9%, and Mexico has overtaken Canada with 19.5% percent.

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC) and Wards


Number of electric cars in the world as of January 2015. The global electric car parc in 2009 was just 13,430.

National Geographic, the Climate Issue, November 2015


Percentage of Canadians who have work done at both independent auto repair shops and dealerships. The amount of money spent by these “channel agnostics” is about $1.5 billion a year.

J.D. Power 2015 Customer Service Index Long-Term study


Percentage of recommended repair and service work that typically goes unsold.



The percentage of income that the average American household spends on auto repairs for its 1.9 vehicles. In 2004, that was about $817, or $408 per vehicle. That does not include the 3.7 percent spent on gas and motor oil ($1,007 per car).

—How Stuff Works, with stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor


The monthly cost of owning a vehicle – the third-largest household expense for Canadians after housing and food. That amount ($5,250 per year) covers vehicle payments, insurance, gas, and maintenance.

—The Toronto Star



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