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What is the true cost of putting 500 miles on a car

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Besides gas, how much does it cost to put 500 highway miles on my car. I'm thinking in terms of maintenance, wear, and depreciation. Here's an example:

 

I could spend $66 on gas for a 500 mile round trip over a weekend in my Corolla. Alternatively, I could spend $80 for the same round trip with a budget airline (already factoring in cost of getting to airport, parking my car, fees, etc.). Then my question is: should I spend the extra $14 to save mileage on my car or should I stick with driving?

 

Summarized:

$66 in gas, but put 500 miles on car

OR

$80 to fly, but avoid putting wear on my car.

 

What if I avoided tolls and could drive for $55?

 

Thanks!

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