The cost of buying and owning a vehicle can vary widely, and not just because of the car or truck you choose but because of where you live. A new study finds that Georgia has become the most expensive state in which to operate a vehicle, while Oregon is the most affordable.
The gap is substantial, with a typical motorist likely to spend twice as much to keep a vehicle running in the Peach State once gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees are included, Bankrate.com found.
Georgia's topping of the list—ahead of more urban states such as New York, New Jersey and California—will probably surprise most people. The Golden State was No. 2, at an annual $3,966 in automotive operating costs.
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Rounding out the top five are
Wyoming, $3,938 a year
Rhode Island, $3,913