Let’s be honest, cars are expensive. Not only do they cost a lot of money to buy, but cars are also expensive in terms of maintenance, repairs, insurance and fuel. Add it all up, and the vehicle you drive can prove to be a huge financial sinkhole. The good news is that some cars are cheaper to own and operate than others. While some vehicles can cost a lot to operate, others are much more affordable. Here is a list of 12 of the cheapest cars to own and operate, ranked in different categories from subcompact cars through to sport utility vehicles and hybrid cars.