Cost of car ownership climbs
The average annual cost of owning and driving a car has climbed by $400, AAA reported on Thursday.
The measurement is based on gas, maintenance, tires, financing, depreciation and insurance for a “typical” sedan. The average price for fuel in Nevada was $2.83 last month, a 66 cent increase from March 2009.
AAA calculated if a car is driven 15,000 miles a year, the cost to run it in 2010 will be $8,487, up from $8,095 in 2009.
“Paying more at the pump is not only increasing the operational costs of vehicles, but it’s also affecting depreciation values,” said Michael Geeser, a spokesman for AAA Nevada.
Geeser said with the growing appeal of fuel-efficient cars, guzzlers are losing value at an increasing rate.
Average annual costs also vary among vehicle types, according to AAA:
• Small sedan: $6,496
• Large sedan: $10,530
• Minivan: $9,301
• Sport utility vehicles will cost $11,085 to operate in 2010 – an $826 increase from last year because of higher fuel costs.
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