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Wholelife costs set to remain steady

INTEREST rate cuts and the prospect of further falls in the retail price index means wholelife cost increases in running fleet cars into the millennium are likely to be minimal and may even fall, it was claimed this week. Glass's Information Services reveals in the December issue of its 'Glass's Guide to Whole-life Costs' that operating costs for the next three and four years could fall in some cases in comparison with figures from August 1997.

The forecast takes into account the recent cuts in interest rates and the positive effect of anticipated future falls in the retail price index, upon which the Government will peg future fuel duty increases. A reduction of 1% in interest rates, Glass's says, can save some £300 on a typical company car and a 1% fall in inflation should reduce the likely rise of fuel duty by 11p a gallon over three years.

Glass's figures are based on a database of about 2,500 vehicles and their pence per mile costs over three and four years. All factors from an initial purchase discount to the future resale value are considered. Individual calculations are made for service and repair costs, relief vehicle, vehicle excise duty, funding on a full cash flow basis, typical insurance premiums and fuel using different prices for each year of the calculation.

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