Report: California ranks second nationally in vehicle operation costs

mglover@sacbee.comAugust 21, 2013 

California is the second most-expensive state in which to operate a motor vehicle, according to a new study released by Bankrate.com.

The report weighed the costs of gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees in each state, and California came in at $3,966 per year, significantly above the national average of $3,201.

Bankrate said Georgia is the most expensive state, where a typical driver spends $4,233 annually.

Oregon is the cheapest state in which to operate a vehicle, with an annual cost of $2,204.

Bankrate said Oregonians benefit from the absence of a state sales tax and relatively low car insurance costs. Plus, the typical Oregon resident drives 16 percent fewer miles than the national average.

Wyoming ($3,938), Rhode Island ($3,913) and Nevada ($3,886) rounded out the five most-expensive states. Alaska ($2,227), South Dakota ($2,343), Montana ($2,660) and Indiana ($2,698) lined up behind Oregon as the five cheapest states.

For more information, see www.bankrate.com.

Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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