The Most And Least Expensive States To Operate A Car
Factoring the costs of gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees, BankRate.com has determined the most and least expensive states to operate a car.
The study found Georgia to be the most expensive state, mostly due to the sprawling nature of its biggest city, Atlanta. Because Georgians spend a lot of time in the car, gasoline and insurance costs are quite high.
Conversely, Oregon was the cheapest state, courtesy of having no sales tax and low insurance costs.
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No. 5 Cheapest - IndianaAverage Cost Per Year: $2,698
Drivers in Indiana enjoy low taxes and insurance costs on their vehicles. All in all, they pay about $2,700 per year to operate their car.
No. 4 Cheapest - MontanaAverage Cost Per Year: $2,660
Car owners in Montana are not only treated with beautiful scenic roads, but also low taxes and car repair costs.
No. 3 Cheapest - South DakotaAverage Cost Per Year: $2,343
Owning a car in South Dakota costs just $2,343 per year. On average, drivers pay a miniscule $524 per year for insurance.
No. 2 Cheapest - AlaskaAverage Cost Per Year: $2,227
If you own a car in beautiful Alaska, you're in luck when it comes to costs. People pay just over $2,200 per year on average.
No. 1 Cheapest - OregonAverage Cost Per Year: $2,204
Oregon is the cheapest state to operate a vehicle. In addition to low repair and insurance costs, taxes/fees amount to just $157 per year on average.
No. 5 Most Expensive - NevadaAverage Cost Per Year: $3,886
Nevada may be fun for vacationers, but it's more painful than most states when it comes to owning a car. Taxes and insurance are quite high in the Silver State.
No. 4 Most Expensive - Rhode IslandAverage Cost Per Year: $3,913
Rhode Island may be a small state, but it's an expensive state to own a car. Owners pay almost $4,000 per year to operate a vehicle.
No. 3 Most Expensive - WyomingAverage Cost Per Year: $3,938
Gasoline costs in Wyoming are higher than every other state. Car owners pay over $1,600 per year to keep their vehicle filled up.
No. 2 Most Expensive - CaliforniaAverage Cost Per Year: $3,966
Almost everything is more expensive in California, including car ownership. Taxes and fees are especially high.
No. 1 Most Expensive - GeorgiaAverage Cost Per Year: $4,233
Georgia is the most expensive state to operate a car, courtesy of very high taxes and fees, as well as high gas costs.