By Jerry Hirsch, August 26, 2013
California has the second-highest driving costs in the nation, according to Bankrate.com.
Taxes, not gasoline prices, are the reason California is the state
with the second-highest cost for operating a car, Bankrate.com contends.
Californians pay an
average $1,809 in taxes and fees for their cars, the financial website
said. That’s almost double the national average of $1,058.
Overall, Californians pay an average of $3,966 annually to operate a vehicle. That compares with a national average of $3,201.
Drivers here pay an average of $980 for gasoline, slightly below the $1,028 average.
That may sound odd considering pump prices in California are among
the highest in the nation, but Bankrate cites federal data that show
residents here drive fewer miles than the national average. Californians
drive about 8,600 miles per capita compared with the national average
of 9,600, according to the Department of Transportation.
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When it comes to insurance, Californians pay an average $786, just
above the $762 national average. They pay $390 for repairs, somewhat
higher than the $353 national average.
Georgia, at $4,233, has the highest annual cost of motor vehicle
operation; Oregon at $2,698 is the least expensive. Oregonians benefit
from the absence of a state sales tax as well as relatively low car
insurance costs, Bankrate said.
Bankrate said it determined total car-ownership expenses using median
insurance premiums for 2006 to 2010 from the National Assn. of
Insurance Commissioners, average 2012 repair costs from CarMD.com and
taxes and fees from Kelley Blue Book. It derived gasoline spending from
government statistics and GasBuddy.com average pump prices.