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Cost Of Driving Is Rising



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 11, 2011

AAA says it will cost you 300 dollars more to drive you car this year than it did last year.   And that's not just because of rising gas prices. 

Matt Skryja of AAA Northern California says nearly all driving associated costs are rising. He says the cost of tires has increased 15 percent since last year.   

"And the reason for that is that there's been an uptick in costs for raw materials and other energy costs and because of that the increased cost is then passed on to consumers each time they buy tires," Skryja said. 

Skryja says vehicles are also depreciating faster -about five percent faster than last year.  He says the average driver loses nearly four thousand dollars a year in vehicle depreciation. 
 
"You look at what it cost to drive a medium sedan these days and it's 73.9 cents per mile."
 
And if you drive a sports utility vehicle, Skryja says it will cost you 75 cents per mile. 
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