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Most Expensive States to Buy a Car In

Posted in Maintenance, Repair by Frank | December 21st, 2010 | 11 Responses |

We all have assumptions. We think New York is the most expensive place to own and maintain vehicles (gas prices, maintenance costs, etc) but you might be surprised at what other areas actually have a high cost of car ownership.

Hawaii (surprisingly) is the most expensive- from insurance to depreciation. It’s not so sunny over there when you see those numbers, huh?

Not that you can plan your move around a car (that would just be silly), but before moving somewhere, make sure you check out whether it’s a pricey state or not. You’ll be better prepared for surprise costs and figuring it into your cost of living- especially if you’re in the process of new car shopping so you can factor in the type of depreciation the car would get in certain states.

The infographic below shows the more expensive states to own and maintain a car in. Enjoy!

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11 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    Lol – they put the wrong picture in for Nevada…

    Makes me take that a little less seriously.

  2. Dallas Ford says:

    Not surprised about Hawaii, everything is super expensive there, not just cars. Surprised to see New York so low on the list, you would think NY would be tied with CA but it’s apparently cheaper to maintain a car there… Weird.

  3. Duane says:

    Apparently they do not live in New York State.

  4. kacy4912 says:

    don’t they know the difference between Arkansas and Nevada?

  5. yep says:

    yeah im pretty sure Nevada and Arizona do not look the same…

  6. Frozen Few says:

    This is flawed as here in Alaska a used car is almost double the blue book price.Let’s not forget the extended Winters where you run your car constantly to keep it warm. With the price of the fuel here it gets spendy.

  7. JustAnOpinion says:

    I don’t think enough research was done on this article. Here in Colorado, one’s yearly registration is tied to the value of the vehicle; a $33,000 vehicle would incur $1,500 in the first year in registration fees; the 2nd year would be $1,100 and change. The total I have paid for a $30,000 car purchased in 2006 in just annual registration fees is $4,082; that does not include the upcoming $422 for 2011. I don’t think the author(s) of this article looked too closely at this expense incurred by Colorado vehicle owners. Over the length of 10 years, assuming I kept my vehicle that long, I will pay in excess of $6,000 JUST IN ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEES!!! (BASED ON THE INITIAL 2006 $33,000 VEHICLE BOUGHT IN DECEMBER 2006) While our fuel costs may be lower than other places in the country, our registration fees far outdistance any savings realized.

  8. KC says:

    Hard to trust the validity of this….I know for a fact it DOES NOT cost $16,000+ to ship a car to Hawaii. It is currently about $1000.

  9. tute says:

    chart junk all the the way!

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