People all drive the same way, but depending on the state you live in, owning and operating a vehicle can be much more expensive depending on gas, insurance and taxes.
Unfortunately, unless you live in a big city, easy and convenient public transportation isn’t always available and owning a car becomes a necessity — and the costs can pile up.
A new Bankrate.com study found which states were the most expensive to operate a car, factoring in costs of gas, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees. The national average was $3,201 a year, but drivers in the most expensive state pay $1,000 more than that annually.
There were such differences state to state because some have no state sales tax and low car insurance while others have long commutes due to sprawling communities. In some states, the cost of gas is the most expensive part of driving a car, but in others it’s the taxes and fees. In New Jersey, car insurance cost far more than gasoline ($1,119 vs. $830).
The least expensive state to drive a car was Oregon, where the total cost came out to $2,204, more than $2,000 cheaper than the most expensive state and a full $1,000 cheaper than the national average.
Here are the 10 most expensive states.
Downtown Omaha. Photo by Raymond Bucko
Old Town Alexandria.
Copley Square, Boston
Scottsdale Waterfront. Photo by Joseph Plotz.
Las Vegas Strip
4. Rhode Island
Ventura county fair. Photo by Dan Huse
Little Five Points in Atlanta. Photo by Pawel Loj