How Much Does it Cost to Own a Car in Tampa?

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The city of Tampa is known for its beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, and fantastic attractions — but those amazing features come at a cost! Whether you’re thinking of moving down to the area from Brandon or weighing the benefits of buying a brand new car, we’re here to describe the average Tampa cost of living to help you budget for the future. From fuel prices to parking fees to insurance costs, we’ll break down just how much it costs to own a car in Tampa.

Why Buy a Car in Tampa?

Between the endless search for parking and the extra expenses, sometimes buying a car in a major city can seem like a major headache. But car ownership can be a huge asset — and also a necessity — for many drivers. Maybe you need a family-friendly Volkswagen vehicle to accommodate a new addition or maybe you are a recent college grad who needs reliable transportation for your first job in Wesley Chapel.

A great vehicle is well within your reach and with Uber and Lyft prices averaging just under $1.50 per mile, you might be surprised how much money you’ll save in the long run!

What Car Costs Can I Expect?

Before you start planning that Florida road trip to Clearwater, take a minute to sit down and crunch numbers. In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself, you’ll want to budget for the following:

  • Gas Price: Gas prices in Florida are fairly typical for the rest of the United States at around $2.50 per gallon. These prices are higher than the Texas average of $2.30, but not nearly as high as California — around $4.15!
  • Parking: Parking rates are generally affordable around the Tampa area. The Convention Center charges $1.65 per hour, while places like Twiggs cost just $1.25.
  • Insurance: Insurance costs are typically around $1,200 per year — which is just a little higher than the national average of $890. Insurance prices are typically higher in cities.

How Can I Save Money on Car Costs?

If you want to combat the higher Tampa cost of living, shop smart! Take a look at our car buying tips and car ownership tips, and don’t forget to check our specials at Reeves Volkswagen in Tampa. From certified Pre-owned specials to Volkswagen lease deals, we can get you in the car of your dreams at a price that won’t break the bank.

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