I'm not going to mention my new car, which - when you factor in depreciation, is horrifically expensive. But I keep my cars forever, so depreciation is theoretical, and depends on how long it lasts. My Peugeot 405 has cost me $71 a month for depreciation, assuming it is worth zero today (which it isn't). I'll have to drive the Mercedes until it's 30+ to achieve that!
smart Insurance with all the coverages is about $100 a month.
Fuel for the smart is about $130 a month (typically 3500 km).
Peugeot insurance is $70 a month
Fuel is about 100 a month for 1300 km.
Maintenance on the Peugeot is free. On the smart it is pretty high, due to a 10,000 km servicing schedule (WAY overkill), so now it's out of warranty I do the A Services myself and save about 50 a month.
ok, I was given my car. So far since may 10th I have spent of total of $935 on the car/ This includes all expenses (I have been keeping track).
$6.93 per day
0.259 per mile
$208 per month
I haven't had to do any major repairs yet either. Repairs would boost the pice significantly. So buying a bus pass for $70 a month (pittsburgh area) might be a good idea for people that have easy access.
2008 EPA adjusted:
Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)