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  • Martin Matthews

The Rising Costs Of Car Ownership


Despite stable gas prices, the financial strain of car ownership is intensifying. From insurance premiums to maintenance, the expenses tied to your vehicle are surging beyond the general inflation rate.


Soaring Costs Across the Board

  • Insurance Shock: Car insurance premiums have skyrocketed by 20.6% from last year.

  • Maintenance and More: Costs for mechanics, parking, and tolls have risen, offsetting the relief from lower gas prices.

  • Loan Troubles: The last quarter of the previous year saw a 13-year high with 7.7% of auto loans slipping into delinquency.


The Price of New Wheels

  • Interest Rate Impact: Rising interest rates have increased the borrowing costs, pushing the annual expense of owning a new car to $12,182 in 2023, up from $10,728 in 2022.

  • Sticker Shock: The average price of new cars has leaped from $39,813 in January 2021 to $47,358 last month, marking a significant price surge in a short time span.


Why Premiums Are Soaring

  • High-Tech Costs: Today's cars are packed with costly technology, driving up both their value and repair costs.

  • Insurance Inflation: The lag in adjusting insurance pricing to economic conditions has led to premiums being hit by unexpected inflation.


Hidden Ownership Costs

  • Depreciation Dilemma: Often overlooked, depreciation is the largest cost of car ownership, with an estimated annual cost of $4,538 for drivers covering 15,000 miles in 2023.


As car ownership becomes increasingly expensive, Americans face the challenge of balancing their budgets against the escalating costs of maintaining their vehicles.


Martin and Chelsea Matthews


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