TABLE 6-2a Average Cost per Mile of Owning and Operating an Automobile: 1992-2002

TABLE 6-2a Average Cost per Mile of Owning and Operating an Automobile: 1992-2002

Chained 2000 dollars

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  1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Variable costs 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.12 0.13 0.12 0.12 0.14 0.12
Fixed costs 0.34 0.33 0.32 0.32 0.33 0.34 0.36 0.37 0.37 0.37 0.39
Total costs 0.45 0.44 0.43 0.43 0.44 0.46 0.49 0.49 0.49 0.51 0.51

NOTES: Data are the cost per mile based on 15,000 miles per year. Current dollar amounts (see table 6-2b) were converted to chained 2000 dollars by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to eliminate the effects of inflation over time.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), calculations based on USDOT, BTS, National Transportation Statistics 2003, table 3-14, available at http://www.bts.gov, as of March 2004.