POLL: Average American auto expenses: $5,477 (that's more than food). What do you pay?
There is such great variety in the way Americans get around that we'll apologize in advance if the numbers in this post don't accurately apply to you. Most New Yorkers, for example, probably don't pay over $5,000 a year for automotive expenses. There are also a lot of people who read that number with envy. Whatever we all pay individually – and we expect AutoblogGreen readers to be on the lower end of the spectrum, even if you drive a lot, because you're a bunch that's interested in saving fuel – the personal finance website Bundle has calculated that the average American household shelled out $5,477 for gasoline and other car-related expenses last year.
Where you live plays a big role in how much you spent, with Connecticut leading the pack ($7,652) and West Virginia picking up the rear ($4,258). Of course, personal transportation choices are the obvious way people spend more or less. Drive yourself to work each day? You pay more. Organize a car pool? Congrats, you're saving money. We expect anyone involved in a carshare program of an avid biker to be on the savings end of the pack, too. The $5,477 national average breaks down into $2,208 for gas and $3,269 on auto expenses, which made us wonder about what AutoblogGreen readers' estimate their annual expenses are. If you're interested in participating, check out our survey below.
|Gas? Gas is from and for dinosaurs (under $1,000)||1 (25.0%)|
|Can't kick the habit ($1,000-$2,500)||1 (25.0%)|
|I drive what I drive ($2,500-$4,000)||1 (25.0%)|
|I drive what I drive and then some ($4,000 )||1 (25.0%)|
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