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The Cost Of Car Ownership In The US

The average American household spends $5,435 a year on auto loans and auto insurance combined.

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doxo, the innovative web and mobile bill pay service, today released two new doxoINSIGHTS reports, revealing that Americans as a whole spend $698 billion annually on auto loans and auto insurance combined. A statistical analysis of actual household payments toward auto loans and auto insurance was used to size the market and amount spent per household across 30,000+ (97%) U.S. zip codes. 

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The U.S. Auto Loans Market Size and Household Spending Report and the U.S. Auto Insurance Market Size and Household Spending Report found that U.S. households with auto loan and auto insurance bills spend $598 per month, or $7,176 per year — or $5,435 when averaging across all U.S. households.* The reports also break out the U.S. household spending market size; percentage of households that pay each bill; and average monthly and annual bill pay costs by state, largest metro areas, and cities based on population.

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These findings come as crude oil hits its highest price in three years, and as car prices are expected to be high and inventories to be limited through the rest of the year. As price comparison in the automotive market proves to be more important than ever, doxoINSIGHTS’ location-specific breakdowns can empower consumers by showing them how much, on average, they can expect to pay for an automobile in comparison to their neighbors.

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“The U.S. Bill Pay economy is massive and complex. By leveraging our proprietary database of consumer household payments to create these U.S. Auto Loans and Auto Insurance Market Size and Household Spending Reports, we strive to make the cost of car ownership much more transparent and understandable for consumers, billers, and financial service providers alike,” said Jim Kreyenhagen, vice presidentm Marketing and Consumer Service, oxo. “doxoINSIGHTS reports, alongside doxo’s simple, secure, all-in-one bill pay service, comprise vital parts of our mission to empower consumers to make better decisions and gain greater control of their financial outcomes.”

Top 5 Most Expensive States to Own a Car 

StateMonthly Auto 
Insurance Spend
Monthly Auto
Loan Spend
Monthly Total
Wyoming$335$559$894
Alaska$262$485$747
North Dakota$222$478$700
Hawaii$246$443$689
Massachusetts$206$459$665

Top 5 Most Expensive U.S. Metro Areas to Own a Car

Metro AreaMonthly Auto 
Insurance Spend
Monthly Auto
Loan Spend
Monthly Total
New York$262$441$703
Miami$245$429$674
Denver$191$464$655
Boston$211$440$651
Seattle$209$429$638

For more information, or to view both reports, visit www.doxo.com/insights/.

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