What it Costs to Own a Car in Pennsylvania

These are costs not including a vehicle's purchase price.


If you wonder at the end of the month where your paycheck has gone, take a look in the driveway or garage. Pennsylvania is one of the more expensive states in the country to own a vehicle. According to GoBankingRates.com, it costs Pennsylvanians $11,782 to own a car for three years, and that's NOT including the vehicle's initial purchase price.  

The $11,782 covers sales tax, title and registration, average insurance premiums, maintenance and repairs, and gas. 

In a ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania is No. 15 for the most expensive state to own a car. Michigan is No. 1 while New Hampshire is the least expensive.

“Pennsylvania car owners will pay more than the average in many categories considered in this study,” the researchers report. ”They face high one-time purchase costs, paying $302 above average thanks to a higher sales tax. Higher gas prices will also add an extra $135 to expenses each year, compared to average gas costs.”

Maybe all of those bicycle commuters are on to something.


Pennsylvania turnpike speed limit sign in 1942


#PaTurnpike: Speed Limit Goes Back to the Future

18 months after first studying the issue, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently agreed to raise the speed limit on the toll road to 70 mph from the current 65. 

Areas currently posted at 55 mph, such as tunnel approaches, tunnels, main-line toll plazas and the curved portion near the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel, will remain at 55. The change will take effect later this spring, once all of the speed limit signs are updated. 

“There’s more consistency for our motorists with only two speed limits, 55 and 70,” turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The easy way to look at it is this: Everything that is 55 mph stays 55 mph and everything 65 mph becomes 70 mph.”

The turnpike tested the 70 mph speed limit on a 100-mile stretch between Harrisburg and Philadelphia and found there was not a marked increase in the actual average speed of vehicles in that area.

“This [70-mph limit] reflects what people drive in reality,” DeFebo told the PG. “People are comfortable traveling at that speed.”

The turnpike first enacted a 70 mph speed limit in 1941. It was lowered to 35 mph during World War II, and then remained at or near 70 mph until the federal government mandated a national speed limit of 55 mph in 1974. States regained the right to set their own speed limits in 1995.  


photo courtesy of Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza


#ComingtoPittsburgh: Assembly-Line Pizza

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is planning to open its first Pittsburgh-area restaurant in Monroeville. It will be located on William Penn Highway between Men's Wearhouse and Red Lobster, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports

The assembly-line pizza chain launched in California three years ago and has grown to 115 restaurants in 27 states. If you're wondering about the name, Blaze Fast-Fire'd boasts that it can create an $8 customized pizza that is ready to eat in three minutes.

NBA mega-star Lebron James and former California first-lady Maria Shriver are among the chain's early investors.


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