Car Cost Caluculator
According to AAA, the average car owner spends more than $8000 on their vehicle every year. That's great for car companies, but probably not so great for you. Play with our car cost calculator to see what you actually pay every day, every month and every year to own and operate your car. We all know cars are expensive, but how much you actually pay just might shock you!
Purchase Price of Car
Plan to keep for
Expected Resale Value
Monthly Insurance Cost
2-Year NYS Vehicle Registration Fee*
Annual Vehicle Inspection Fee*
Total Fixed Cost per Day
Cost of Gas per week
Parking Fees per Month
Tolls per Month
Annual Cost of Tires*
Annual Cost of Major Repairs
Annual Other Maintenance Costs*
(oil changes, carwashes, etc.)
Annual Parking & Traffic Ticket Fees
Total Operating Cost per Day
Total Cost per Day
Total Cost per Month
Total Cost per Year
Ouch Now What?
While most places, including Buffalo, have tried really hard in the past to make your life car-dependent, we're lucky enough to still have other options. It's still easy to walk and bike around in most areas, and we have a transit system that runs on almost every major street. So, you can just get rid of your car altogether, or you can start reducing those hefty operating costs by replacing trips with other modes.
Re-evaluate your transportation habits
Habits are hard to break, so it might be best to take baby steps if you decide to start driving less. Next time you need to go somewhere within a few miles, try walking or biking there. See if you like it - and if you do - start doing it more often and to more places.
Going to work or somewhere with good transit service? Perhaps somewhere that doesn't require a transfer? Try taking Metro Rail or Bus there. Again, see if you like it - and if you do, try taking it to even more places.
• Walking and biking are free
• Monthly Transit Passes range from $50 - $75
• Most CarShare members save more than $5000 a year by switching over from personal ownership.