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#3354837 - 04/27/14 05:01 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
jimbrewer Offline

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1189
Loc: New Mexico, USA
You guys are way underestimating cost, though. OP in addition to his listed expenses has insurance expenses, repair and consumable expenses, although he wisely escapes depreciation expenses. I have no idea what registration expenses are in MA, I assume nominal for such an old vehicle.

Add at least another $7 to that daily expense. $3 for insurance and $4 for repairs, and consumables, (oil, wipers, battery, tires, brakes) The OP is really pushing $50 per day for his commute.

Notice that switching from an 11 mpg truck to a 25 mpg Subaru Impreza would save maybe $12 per week in gas, at the cost of $50 per week in depreciation and probably licensing expenses, minus consumable and repair expenses, or a net loss of around $40 per week.

#3354867 - 04/27/14 05:42 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
VicVinegar Offline

Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Northern Virginia
About 90 miles round trip for me. Prius averages about 46 mpg because I probably drive too aggressively. Need to learn how to coast more and hypermile.

1.9 gallons of fuel * 3.50/gal (current) = $6.65
Toll Road #1...usually use twice a day = $2.50 * 2 = $5.00
Parking is negligible. My company covers all but $10 a month.
Toll Road #2...infrequently use once a day = $5.10
About $0.09/mile for depreciation according to Edmunds. So $8.1

I'd have to look up estimated repairs/maintenance costs and what I pay in insurance. I think it is high enough already. $16.75 without the second toll road. Up to $21.85 not counting insurance and maintenance.

I'll add it can also take me two hours in the afternoon.

I could have bought an older car to avoid the depreciation, but a hybrid gets me in the HOV lane coming home, which can save about 20 minutes I'd say on some days.

Other options? I could take a bus for about $17.00 a day, but it only leaves the office 3x's in the afternoon and I have late meetings sometimes. Driving to a train station would be even more expensive and take longer.

#3354871 - 04/27/14 05:48 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
R2d2 Offline

Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 567
Loc: New York, L.I
80 miles round trip- about 3 gals approx $11.50 a day at 3.85 a gallon

bridge toll round trip- $11 .66 with the discount

No parking charge (employee parking)

I could take the the LIRR and subway for free, but that would takes about 2 hours each way (45m drive), not an option.

Edited by R2d2 (04/27/14 05:50 PM)
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#3354884 - 04/27/14 05:58 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
expat Offline

Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 5131
Loc: Canada
Last year, for my work Truck.

Insurance: $794,00

Gas: $706,02

Oil, parts and repairs: $255.80

Depreciation. It's a 1974 Toyota Pick up, I do claim some depreciation on my Tax return, but in reality it's '0'

No road Tolls but I did make two Ferry trips: $190

No Parking fees.

Edited by expat (04/27/14 06:01 PM)

#3354885 - 04/27/14 05:59 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
Tdbo Offline

Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 2763
Loc: Ohio
Currently drive 130 miles round trip, for a total of 650 miles/week.
My Accord averages 32 miles/gallon for a total of 20.31 gallons/week.
Using $3.50/gal as an average gas price, I spend a total of $71.08/week for gas. I have no tolls and free parking.
Averaging it out daily, $14.22 in gas.
2012 Honda Accord LX-P 82K
2008 Ford Mustang Pony Package Convertible 14K
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 73K
2003 Ford Ranger 3.0 Supercab 89K

#3354933 - 04/27/14 06:48 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
supton Online   content

Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 9327
Loc: NH
90 miles round trip. So 2gallons of diesel or under 5 of gas, depending upon vehicle (Jetta TDi vs Tundra). Car is maybe 10 c/m depreciation, truck is probably more like 20 plus. Insurance, not sure but each is like 900 per year, but obviously that c/m depends upon what I actually drive for miles. Plus about $2 in tolls.

I usually drive the Jetta, for obvious reasons.
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 124k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 134k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 139k, his

#3354965 - 04/27/14 07:26 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: supton]
raaizin Offline

Registered: 04/07/04
Posts: 553
Loc: NJ
My wife pay $18 in tolls and between $12-$18 a day gas depending which car she drives Jetta vs X3. She was in a carpool till this year but this year she drives solo. She retires in 4 years so there is and end in sight.

I pay about $8 in gas and about $1.50 in tolls each day.

#3355025 - 04/27/14 07:59 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
hattaresguy Offline

Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 7180
Loc: CT
Its cents per mile that counts, plus parking and toll fees on top of it. Fuel consumption is only part of the overall cost to run a vehicle.

I think the mileage write off this year for the IRS is around .55 cents a mile. With my older truck I beat that, last I figured it out by about .20 cents.

However a new vehicle especially a thirsty one costs more to run per mile, depreciation is the largest expense.

Edited by hattaresguy (04/27/14 08:00 PM)

#3355112 - 04/27/14 09:20 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
eljefino Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 29805
Loc: ME
24 miles round trip... 2/3 of a gallon per day, so $12/week.

Fixed costs... insurance, registration, inspection are only $275 a year. laugh

Depreciation... if my saturn disappeared tomorrow I'll have driven it for $72/ year. laugh Realistically I expect to get the $800 I paid 11 years ago back when (if) I sell it.

#3355162 - 04/27/14 10:18 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
Blkstanger Offline

Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1431
Loc: Lakeside, CA
40 miles round trip. About $50 a week for gas. No other costs.
99 Jeep GC 4.7 160,000 PYB 10w30, Fram Ultra.

#3355171 - 04/27/14 10:23 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
ThirdeYe Offline

Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 7982
Loc: Walker, MI
I've been getting around 25mpg in my Integra, and I drive 6 miles each way to work. At that rate, I put on about 60 miles a week going to work (not including all of my other driving). That's about $9 a week in gas money going to work and back, depending on the gas prices.
07 Honda Accord - 572k - Bulk oil/filter
08 Scion tC - 125k - Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20/Fram XG4967

#3355326 - 04/28/14 06:50 AM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
Fleetmon Offline

Registered: 01/26/12
Posts: 1073
Loc: Pa
Counting our lunches at $8 each on average and our fuel of approx 5.3 gallons per day at $3.90 per gallon, we're at $36 per day. Luckily (I'm supposed to say that, correct??) we commute and work together.

Our commute is 150 miles RT.

Edited by Fleetmon (04/28/14 07:01 AM)
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#3355377 - 04/28/14 08:06 AM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 7681
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I average about 100km/day at about 7L/100km with gas around 1.30/L, so its about $9/day in gas. No tolls, parking, or going out to lunch normally. My wife's gas would be about $5.
Alot of the other costs seem to be fixed, insurance, registration, even tires seem to age out before as they wear out.
Probably there would be savings on suspension components with a shorter commute, but the cars usually are retired from rust, not wearing out...
The big savings is going down to a one car family, but we won't move into town to do that.
07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 151km VWB 5W30
06 CRV, 5 spd auto AWD, 262km M1 EP 5W30

#3355393 - 04/28/14 08:24 AM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
opus1 Offline

Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 2291
Loc: Chicago Area
$19.45/day. That includes a monthly train pass/22 days, parking, bus ride morning and evening, 3/4 gallon of gas for the vehicle and a grande Pike's from Starbucks for me.
Current Fleet:

2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan (yes,the turbo)
2002 Dodge Dakota SXT Club Cab
1994 Ford Ranger XLT (RIP, Dad)

#3355395 - 04/28/14 08:28 AM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
exranger06 Online   confused

Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 3404
Loc: Guilford, CT
My Accord has been out of commission for a while due to repairs, so I drove my gas-guzzling truck to work every day last week. Cost me $50 in gas for the whole week. If I drove the Accord every day, it would be about $30 per week. If I switch back and forth between the car and truck every day (which is what I normally do) it costs about $40 per week.

My truck has depreciated by about $3k since I bought it 7 years ago. That's about $8 per week. The Accord has pretty much bottomed out on depreciation, so $0 per week.

Last year I spent $1390 on repairs and maintenance for the whole year, for both vehicles. That averages out to about $26 per week. Taxes, registration, and emissions testing costs $260 per year for both vehicles. That's $5 per week. Insurance costs about $23 per week.

So, gas + depreciation + repairs/maintenance + taxes/reg/emissions + insurance = $40 + $8 + $26 + $5 + $23 = $102 per week.

Oh yeah, I don't go through any tolls and I have free parking.
2006 Ford Ranger Sport
1992 Honda Accord EX
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek (wife's)
1999 Ford Explorer XLS (beater project)

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