Sandy Bridge Posted April 18, 2022 Share Posted April 18, 2022 All right, time for a new poll. How much do you spend on your vehicle each year? I imagine it's a top 5 expense category for most people, although possibly lower than computers for some forum members. Depreciation. Insurance. Fuel. Maintenance. Repairs/deductibles. Upgrades. Registration. Tickets. There are a lot of things that can add up. For me, it's in the low $4000s, not counting the residual value of the car if I sold it tomorrow, which would take it to the mid-upper $3000s. The upfront cost/depreciation is the largest component, followed by insurance, gasoline, and maintenance & repairs, in that order. Upfront cost is still about 45% of the overall, but that will fall as the car ages. Insurance is about 20% of the total. Gasoline about 17%; I have a pretty fuel-efficient car for not even being a hybrid. It would be cheaper if I took public transit everywhere; that costs $744/year here for 12 unlimited monthly passes. But it doesn't go everywhere I'd want to go (friends' houses being a big missing part, parks being another), and in a lot of parts of town doesn't run late or frequently. Still, I could have a $60 weekly Lyft budget and still come out even. I did take public transit quite a bit pre-pandemic, so my gasoline/maintenance share - and overall car costs - would be higher if I had been driving to work as much as the average person in the U.S. Desktop: Core i5 2500k "Sandy Bridge" | RX 480 | 32 GB DDR3 | 850 Evo + HDDs | Seasonic 650W | Noctua Fans | 8.1 Pro Laptop: MSI Alpha 15 | Ryzen 5800H | Radeon 6600M | 16 GB DDR4 | 512 GB SSD | 10 Home Laptop history: MSI GL63 (2018) | HP EliteBook 8740w (acq. 2014) | Dell Inspiron 1520 (2007) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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