Whenever I introduce the idea of buying a depreciated car over a new one, I get a perfectly timed, not-at-all novel response of “It’ll cost an arm and several legs to keep on the road!” That got me thinking - what’s a reasonable threshold to maintain a car on a road for a year?

Personally, I’m one of the cheapest people on the planet, so I’d scoff at anything that cost me more than a few grand a year to maintain, unless it’s an extreme rarity or a supercar, but I understand that my situation might not be the typical one. Let’s get a car enthusiast consensus, how much is too much to keep your car running for a year?

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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videosaboutbuying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapestMercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.

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