10 unexpected costs of driving

Owning a car is expensive enough without the hassle of dealing with extra costs. Here are 10 surprise expenses that you know will crop up on occasion.

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Nov 28, 2013 1:24PM
Thank you MSN for telling us things that 100 percent of people with a functioning brain already knew.
Nov 27, 2013 8:39PM
If these costs didn't occur to you before you signed on the dotted line and drove off the lot, chances are you are not responsible enough for car ownership - even if you have access to cash (probably other's, given that you're one of the lower wattage bulbs in the chandelier.)
Dec 1, 2013 8:48AM
Coming next week: The unexpected costs of owning a washer and dryer.
Nov 27, 2013 8:52PM
Yes we all know the possible costs.  But what are the alternatives?

Nov 28, 2013 12:42PM
You can control SOME of the issues of car ownership.  Don't get parking tickets or moving violations.  Do you really have to have all those gadgets in a car?  Those things are expensive.
Nov 29, 2013 12:14PM
Unexpected???? These should be obvious.
Nov 28, 2013 1:42AM
I'm wondering why MSN didn't put down pot-holes in this article.  It's a lot more easier that you'll hit a pot-hole rather than a tree branch fall down on your car.
Nov 28, 2013 9:29AM
oh  my   God.... well  no  doubt   my  teenager  hasn't   considered  these   cost..   what  functioning   adult  hasn't  thought  of  these   costs?
Nov 29, 2013 10:21PM
One unexpected cost of riding the train:  Housing within walking distance of the train costs three times as much as housing does where there is no train within walking distance!

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  Frostbite

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  Hail

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  Slip and fall on the ice.

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  A car, truck, or bus drives by through a puddle and drenches you, soaking your phone and your boss's laptop!

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  You miss the train and lose your job!

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  Walking to/from the train you get robbed.

Another unexpected cost of riding the train:  Waiting for the train a sudden crowd crush just as the train is pulling onto the station knocks you right off the platform!

Should have, would have, and could have drove instead!
Dec 1, 2013 9:15AM
All standard expenses ! Whom was this intended for ?
Did you just need something to write about ?
Nov 28, 2013 9:16AM
maintenance #2, what kind of morons does US New have for readers, I won't be buying a copy any time soon!
Nov 28, 2013 2:12PM
Hopefully everyone realizes that operating any car is expensive, but costs can be reduced if you are practical rather than emotional when buying a car.  Buy what you need, not what you want, shop for a good used car rather than  new and have it inspected by an independent mechanic before purchase.  Read consumer reports, owners forums, etc on what makes, years, and models are reliable and cost of maintenance & repairs.  There are some really nice and shiny looking clunkers for sale out there that you have to avoid.  Once you have your car, shop around for insurance, drive conservatively, and have your car inspected & serviced on a regular basis.  It is normally cheaper to fix something before it is totally worn out or breaks. When buying, look at the mpg, is it worth the premium costs, what kind of maintenance does it require, and how often, - I bought an older gas hog that is easy & cheap to service in near perfect condition for cheap because of the low mpg, but I only drive around 200 miles a month so gas is not the major issue, if you drive 2,000+ miles a month my car would be horrible for you.
Nov 27, 2013 8:13PM
#1 Al the fraud Gore but hey he has the mansion yacht and private jet to fuel up.
Nov 30, 2013 12:28AM
Back in 1975 I bought a 1964 Buick Riviera with the 425 cu. in. Wildcat motor with 88,000 miles on it for $200.  During the 2 & 1/2 years that I owned it all that I had to buy for it was a set of tires, a tune-up, a muffler, get the brakes done, and I got it painted at Maaco for $99 too.   I drove that car back and forth from Detroit, Cleveland, and Kalamazoo at least a dozen times and some friends and I drove it to Daytona Beach and back during the first week of March, 1977 too.  

Yeah, it didn't get very good gas mileage especially not if you opened the back 4-bbl, but insurance only ran me $200 per year back then and gas only averaged 55 cents per gallon then too  Best yet, after putting 40,000 miles on the car, I sold it for $500 and almost made money on that deal too, which sure beats taking the dog or the train and paying lots more for rent within walking distance of the train too
Nov 28, 2013 1:30PM

I drive a '95 Buick and it still serving me well with low maintenance. I seldom fill my tank.

I do not need nor want a fancy car with all kinds of needless electronic gizmos nor do I go to the dealership  garage-no need for either.

As far as speeding tickets  48 years behind the wheel and I never been ticketed for speeding and only been involved in 4 accidents..

Nov 28, 2013 4:11PM


that only proves the head-in-the-sand mentality if todays vehicle owners.



Get your stupid azz heads into reality here people.

you own a MACHINE. Yes, I know you purchase the dang thing as though it were a piece of furniture that never wears out...the right color. the right comfyness in the seating, a good sound system, ...and  THEN you procede to NEVER, EVER open the owner's manual ! imagine that - all the answeres to all your questions rolled up in one nice easy book,,,,that you take out because ''it takes up too much space in there''

And to top all off, youall have the gaul to bitch about the ...eh-hem ''unexpected'' high price of repairs.

-- unexpected ? I don't think so,  where's your repair savings account money ? like the one you have for your house ( you do have one for your house , right ? )

-- high priced ? I don't think so. What do YOU do for a living ? how much discount should I demand from you because you cost so much ?

Nov 29, 2013 2:02PM
No insurence, no plates ! So what's the problem ?
Dec 1, 2013 10:33AM
Is this a surprise to anyone? It must be a REALLY slow news day when stating the incredibly obvious is the best you can come up with.
Nov 28, 2013 11:44AM
I would be lost without my car. I don't have PT anywhere near me. I've been driving 50 years, only one accident 2 years ago. The guy who rear ended me so bad I tore both Rotator Cuffs, had minimal insurance because this was his third accident. The only ticket I ever got was last year in NJ for driving in the left lane more than one mile. It was a line of semi's I was passing. It is expensive to own a car but........
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