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OUCH! The cost of driving nears record

Apr 6, 2011 1:02:00 AM - thestate.com
S.C. motorists can expect to pay more than ever this year to drive a car, with the average driver shelling out an extra $825 over last year.

“When you own a car, it’s not just your driving costs,” said spokesman Tom Crosby of AAA Carolinas, which issued the new report.

While costs are going up for almost daily for gas, prices also have been climbing steadily in recent years for insurance and new vehicles, Crosby said.

The cost of driving 15,000 miles in an average-size sedan, such as a Honda Accord, will top $9,500 this year in South Carolina, up 9 percent from last year. That breaks down to about 64 cents per mile — if gas prices remain steady at about $3.50 a gallon.

So, is it becoming too expensive to drive?

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