1 August 2006
Paying through the nose
Jerry Reed, in "Lord, Mr. Ford" (1973):
Well, I figured it up and over a period of time
This four thousand dollar car of mine
Costs fourteen thousand dollars and ninety-nine cents.
In the previous article, a Seattle Weekly writer quoted the cost of driving around town at "almost $1 per mile." This got me thinking about how much I've been paying. Of course, the driver isn't the only person who incurs costs when a motor vehicle is operated, but since he didn't quantify those, neither will I.
So here are the numbers, as best as I can determine them, from my previous car, since its books are effectively closed at this time:
Selling price including destination charge: $20,100
Taxes and licenses (six years): $1,100
Total expenditures: $32,900
The painful part, of course, was remembering that gas was cheap enough five or six years ago to keep the overall average for the period right around two bucks despite today's $3-ish numbers. Had I paid three dollars a gallon for the entire period, it would have added a little more than four cents per mile to the total.