Calculating Your Total Cost Of Ownership

No matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you choose to purchase, one thing is certain: You’re going to need to calculate your total cost of ownership for a period of several years in the future. This is the best way to ensure that you end up with the best possible deal for the best possible price. For example, Pennsylvania tires may cost more than the price of the exact same make and model of tires in California. This is only one of the many criteria that you will need to factor in to make sure that you’re closing a good bargain.

What Is Your Total Cost Of Ownership?

The total cost of ownership for any vehicle basically boils down to the total amount of money that you spend to purchase and maintain it during the time that you own it. For example, if you purchase a new vehicle for $30,000 and then spend an additional $3,000 to maintain it over the five years that you own it, your total cost of ownership would amount to $35,000. This total cost of ownership is something that you will need to consider very carefully before you sign on the dotted line to buy your new vehicle.

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Can Doing The Numbers Save You A Lot Of Headaches?

If you are in any doubt as to whether doing the math beforehand can save you a great many headaches, as well as considerable time, effort, and money, look at it this way: It certainly can’t hurt you to a bit of research and find out whether the vehicle you are looking at is a winner that will pay for itself in the long run, or a lemon that will drain your bank account without giving you anything in return. It’s good to know the facts before you make your selection, and it’s good to know you are making the best choice.

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In The Long Run, The Figures Tell The Tale

In the long run, the figures tell the tale of whether you chose a champ or a chump. The amount of money you spent on repairs, realignments, and new parts will stack up against the money you spent on gasoline, wiper fluid, and antifreeze. The less money you spend on necessary repairs and maintenance, the more justified you will be in your belief that you have purchased an excellent vehicle.

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