TABLE 34b Average per Mile Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile: 1991-2002

TABLE 34b Average per Mile Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile: 1991-2002

(Current dollars)

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  1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Total Costs 0.37 0.39 0.39 0.39 0.41 0.43 0.45 0.46 0.47 0.49 0.51 0.50
Variable 0.10 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.10 0.10 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.12 0.14 0.12
Fixed 0.28 0.30 0.29 0.30 0.32 0.33 0.34 0.35 0.36 0.37 0.37 0.38

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

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