Tennessee, Georgia among cheapest states to operate a car, study shows

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Tennessee and Georgia motorists enjoy the lowest operating and maintenance costs for their cars and trucks in the country, according to a new study.

The personal finance website WalletHub compared the average prices of gasoline, insurance, repair expenses and road conditions to rank the 50 U.S. states for their costs of operating a vehicle. Tennessee ranked as the cheapest state and Georgia placed No. 2 in the national ranking. Hawaii and California were the most expensive states to operate a vehicle.

Lowest cost states for car maintenance

1. Tennessee

2. Georgia

3. Ohio

4. Wyoming

5. Mississippi

6. South Dakota

7. Iowa

8. North Carolina

9. Alabama

10. Montana

Source: WalletHub. Tennessee's average price of gasoline last year of $2.79 a gallon was the 6th lowest of all states and the Volunteer State also ranked among the lowest states for average annual insurance premiums ($1,373) and auto maintenance costs ($48.29 a year).