TABLE 34a Average per Mile Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile: 1991-2001

TABLE 34a Average per Mile Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile: 1991-2001

(Chained 1996 dollars)

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  1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Total Costs 0.43 0.43 0.42 0.42 0.42 0.43 0.45 0.47 0.48 0.48 0.50
Variable 0.04 0.03 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.06
Fixed 0.32 0.34 0.32 0.32 0.32 0.33 0.34 0.36 0.37 0.37 0.37

NOTES: Data are the cost per mile based on 15,000 miles per year.

Current dollars (see table 34b) were adjusted to eliminate the effects of inflation over time.

SOURCES: 1991-1998-U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2002 (Washington, DC: 2002), table 3-14. 1999-2001-American Automobile Association, "Your Driving Costs" (Heathrow, FL: 1999-2002 issues).