How Much Will That New Car Really Cost You Over Time? Educates Consumers on Its Easy-to-Use 'Cost to Own' Tool  

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- Powerful Online Tool Analyzes Eight Key Factors to Estimate Five-Year Ownership Costs -

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- When consumers look to purchase a new vehicle, the price is usually the first thing they research before making the decision to buy. Although the Suggested Retail Price provides the consumer with the total cost for the purchase of the vehicle, one important factor is often overlooked - total cost to own. Depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, insurance, fuel, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs must also be added in to the cost of ownership. Most often, car shoppers only consider retail price and what their monthly payment will be. While these are, of course, very important car buying decision factors, additional costs are often overlooked.

To help car shoppers, has built a tool to make this cost to own research easy and provide car shoppers with a quick view of the cost of ownership for a specific car over the course of five years. The Cost to Own Tool factors in the eight most important costs associated with car ownership - depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, insurance, fuel, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs - to give new car shoppers an accurate forecast of how much they can expect to pay and what they can really afford.

"There are many things affecting the actual cost of owning a vehicle that can be overwhelming for consumers to see the true price tag of the car they are considering," said Mike Caudill, automotive expert and spokesperson. "The Cost to Own Tool removes all of the guesswork. Shoppers simply select the vehicle and trim level, enter their number of years of driving experience, the number of miles they expect to drive each year and their ZIP code and what results is a detailed report of costs along with visual aids to get a clear picture. These results can even be compared against other vehicles."

After consumers input this basic information, the NADAguides Cost to Own Tool shows the overall five-year cost of ownership in addition to a complete breakdown of the cost associated with each factor for each of the five years.

To access this tool, visit and click 'Cost to Own' on the home page or select '5-Year Ownership Costs' from the left-side menu of any new car vehicle details page.

About ( is the largest publisher of vehicle pricing and information for new and used cars, classic cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, and manufactured homes. offers in-depth shopping and research tools in addition to the most market-reflective pricing available. The company also produces print guidebooks, software, web services, raw data and web syndicated products.
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