March 16, 2006


Albertans spend the most on vehicles, analyst says

Richmond Hill, Ontario – Overall, Albertans spend the most for their vehicles, with an average of $35,719, while Ontario pays the most for passenger cars and Manitoba the highest for trucks, reports industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

Alberta’s highest average is due to a high number of truck purchases, versus the rest of Canada, and its passenger car market is “quite upscale as well,” DesRosiers reports. Ontario has the highest average price for passenger cars, at $26,737, while Manitoba pays a high of $42,009 for trucks.

For passenger vehicles overall, the Canadian average is $32,210; the provincial breakdown for 2005 purchases is:

  Units Average
Price
% Above/
Below Av
Newfoundland 24,899 $26,925 -16.4
PEI 4,847 $26,079 -19.0
Nova Scotia 46,154 $29,967 – 7.0
New Brunswick 34,228 $28,679 -11.0
Quebec 407,775 $28,842 -10.5
Ontario 617,714 $32,970 + 2.4
Manitoba 46,503 $34,438 + 6.9
Saskatchewan 39,252 $34,458 + 7.0
Alberta 222,363 $35,729 +10.0
British Columbia 186,581 $33,900 + 5.2

For passenger cars, the Canadian average is $25,108, with the provincial breakdown for 2005:

Newfoundland 13,543 $21,630 -13.9
PEI 2,912 $21,428 -14.7
Nova Scotia 26,262 $23,021 – 8.3
New Brunswick 18,380 $22,468 -10.5
Quebec 263,073 $23,263 – 7.3
Ontario 313,574 $26,737 + 6.5
Manitoba 20,256 $24,628 – 1.9
Saskatchewan 14,162 $24,871 – 0.9
Alberta 80,742 $25,811 + 2.8
British Columbia 92,465 $26,105 + 4.0

For trucks, the Canadian average is $39,858, with 2005 provincial breakdown:

Newfoundland 11,356 $33,241 -16.6
PEI 1,935 $33,080 -17.0
Nova Scotia 19,892 $39,138 – 1.8
New Brunswick 15,848 $35,881 -10.0
Quebec 144,702 $38,983 – 2.2
Ontario 304,140 $39,395 – 1.2
Manitoba 26,247 $42,009 + 5.4
Saskatchewan 25,090 $39,870 0.0
Alberta 141,621 $41,383 + 3.8
British Columbia 94,116 $41,559 + 4.3

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