You're about to be more car conscious. The results below highlight not only the out-of- pocket costs to own and operate your vehicle, but also the hidden costs, like the depreciation in your vehicle's value over time.
Beyond that, there are non-monetary costs that are easy to overlook, but underscore the impacts that car ownership has on our environment and our society.
Along with these costs for your consideration, you'll find a number of ways to save - and to begin to shift your driving habits as well.
Cost to you
How much does it cost to own and operate your primary vehicle for one year?
The national average cost to own a car accounts for 16.4% of the average household's budget and 26.9% for the lowest income households.
That's the second-highest expense after housing!
What is depreciation costing you?
Costs to everyone
of carbon dioxide per year*
*This figure is based on a conventional internal combustion vehicle.
US Environmental Protection Agency
3.5x more public space
than a non-car user.
Driving costs us time:
That's nearly 13 days every year!
Source: AAA Newsroom