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Driving Costs for Cars

According to AAA Auto Club, the following are national average per-mile costs and the composite national average for three different cars. Click here for driving costs for a 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS and a 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT. Costs for these two vehicles are not part of the composite national average

2005  Chevrolet  Cavalier LS 4-cyl.

(2.2 liter) 4-door sedan

2005 
Ford Taurus SEL 6-cyl. (3.0 liter) 4-door sedan
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 8-cyl. (4.6 liter) 4-door sedan

Average

Operating costs per mile per mile per mile per mile
gas and oil 6.9 cents 8.5 cents 9.3 cents 8.2 cents
maintenance 4.7 cents 5.8 cents 5.4 cents 5.3 cents
tires 0.5 cents 0.7 cents  0.5 cents 0.6 cents
cost per mile 12.1 cents 15.0 cents 15.2 cents 14.1 cents
Ownership costs per year per year per year per year
Insurance policy includes $100,000/$300,000 level coverage with $500 deductible for collision and $100 deductible for comprehensive coverage $1,456 $1,195 $1,212 $1,288
license, registration, taxes $333 $390 $445 $389
depreciation (15,000 miles annually) $2,985 $4,005 $4,647 $3,879
finance charge (10% down; loan @ 6.0%/5 yrs) $553 $740 $925 $739
cost per year $5,327 $6,330 $7,229 $6,295
cost per day $14.59 $17.34 $19.81 $17.25

Total Cost Per Mile

2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4-cyl. (2.2 liter) 4-door sedan 2005 
Ford Taurus SEL 6-cyl. (3.0 liter) 4-door sedan
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 8-cyl. (4.6 liter) 4-door sedan

Average

15,000 total miles per year per year per year per year per year
cost per mile x 15,000 miles $1,815 $2,250 $2,280 $2,115
cost per day x 365 $5,327 $6,330 $7,229 $6,295
total cost per year $7,142 $8,580 $9,509 $8,410
total cost per mile* 47.6 cents 57.2 cents 63.4 cents 56.1 cents
20,000 total miles per year per year per year per year per year
cost per mile x 20,000 miles $2,420 $3,000 $3,040 $2,820
cost per day x 365 $5,327 $6,330 $7,229 $6,295
increased depreciation** $650 $950 $1,175 $925
total cost per year $8,397 $10,280 $11,444 $10,040
total cost per mile* 42.0 cents 51.4 cents 57.2 cents 50.2 cents
10,000 total miles per year per year per year per year per year
cost per mile x 10,000 miles $1,210 $1,500 $1,520 $1,410
cost per day x 365 $5,327 $6,330 $7,229 $6,295
decreased depreciation*** -$550 -$925 -$1,175 -$883
total cost per year $5,987 $6,905 $7,574 $6,822
total cost per mile* 59.9 cents 69.1 cents 75.7 cents 68.2 cents

* total cost per year/total miles per year

** increased depreciation for mileage over 15,000 miles/yr

*** decreased depreciation for mileage under 15,000 miles/yr

The above information was prepared by AAA with assistance of Runzheimer International. 

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