American Car Owners Face Rising Costs
Fixed costs are unaffected by mileage while variable costs increase with mileage. In 2012, these had reached $6,058 and $3,064 respectively, based on 15,000 miles of annual driving. Illustrating the scale of cost increases for American drivers, the average cost of owning and operating an automobile back in 2002 was just $1,589 less than in 2012.
This chart shows the average cost of owning and operating an automobile in the United States (in US dollars).