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Wisconsin among cheapest states to own a car

File photo - Flickr photo by RikkisRefugeOther
File photo - Flickr photo by RikkisRefugeOther

UNDATED, WI (WTAQ) - The cost of owning a car is a lot cheaper in Wisconsin than it is elsewhere.

A survey from Bankrate.com shows that the typical Wisconsinite spends about $2,780 a year to keep a car running.

That’s the eighth-lowest state average in the nation, and it’s 13-percent below the national average cost of $3,200.

Georgia has the highest cost at $4,200. Oregon is the lowest at $2,200.

Bankrate said it uses several sources to come up with its figures. They include industry figures for median insurance premiums – average repair costs as listed by Car-M-D Dot-Com – average taxes and fees listed by the Kelley Blue Book – and average gas costs from Gas-Buddy-Dot-Com.

Wisconsin’s averages are just over $1,000 a year for gas, $800 in taxes and fees, $600 for insurance, and $330 for repairs.