How much does it cost to drive a car for 5 miles?

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  • How much does it cost to drive a car for 5 miles?
  • Aus
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    A mini debate going on here. We have a 10 yr old BMW 530D, big heavy beast. Gets 40mpg on a run, and typically averages just under 30mpg with mixed driving. But seems less when engine’s cold.

    So if you drive 5 miles, what’s the diesel cost (excl. wear and tear etc)? Anyone know … and presumably wear and tear’s tough on the first few miles?

    Just out of interest/fuel the argument!

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    PDF from AA giving full details;

    http://www.theaa.com/resources/Documents/pdf/motoring-advice/running-costs/diesel2012.pdf

    but in summary, as much as £2.52/mile for a flash car with a big engine.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Well… if you take your average as 30mpg, then 5 miles = 1/6th of a gallon.

    But confusing fuel is sold in litres, so 1/6th (UK Imperial) gallon = 0.7577 litres

    According to http://www.petrolprices.com/ the current average price for diesel is 144.01p per litre

    So that makes it about £1.09 by my calculations, for fuel alone.

    stumpy01
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    Eh?

    Well, diesel costs about £1.44 a litre or £6.54 a gallon.

    So 40mpg means 5 miles will cost you (£6.54/40mpg*5miles) = £0.82
    30mpg costs £1.08
    20mpg costs £1.64

    in terms of diesel cost alone. The more miles you do, the less significant all the other costs become to the overall cost/mile.

    PeterPoddy
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    Our Focus does 40.25mpg (Petrol, average consumption worked out over 32,746 miles)
    That’s 15p/mile in fuel according to my Road Trip app, over all that time, with varying fuel prices
    5 miles is 75p in fuel alone

    Tax is £165-ish a tear
    Insurance £320
    Servicing/repairs/MOT about £500
    Tyres £300 a set for 26,000 miles

    We do about 13,000 a year so we use half that set of tyres

    150+500+320+165=£1135
    1135/13000=8.7p/mile

    5×8.7=43.5

    43.5p+75p= 118.5p for 5 miles.

    EDIT
    5 miles costs 5.7p in tyres alone.

    Dibbs
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    My Smart CDi has averaged 71mpg over it’s lifetime and at current pump prices is costing 9p per mile for fuel, (yes it’s very sad but I have a spreadsheet to keep track of it ) 😳

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    yes it’s very sad but I have a spreadsheet to keep track of it

    😳 😳 😳 😳


    Untitled by PeterPoddy, on Flickr


    Untitled by PeterPoddy, on Flickr

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Our Focus does 40.25mpg

    What size/model Focus Peter? Mine only gets about 34mpg (according to trip computer) and I don’t exactly rag it!

    Aus
    Member

    blimey! I guess then our debate’s moving to: when the engine’s cold, short journey = less efficient than hot engine, long journey therefore disproportionate amount of fuel used early on???

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Apropos of nothing,

    I once worked out that, given mileage covered and the amount of times I’ve bought new tyres, driving costs me around 10p a mile in rubber.

    If I were to claim business travel expenses in a private car, I’d be looking at around 40p / mile. This ‘feels’ about right to me. So for the OP, I’d guess around two quid to drive five miles.

    Dibbs
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    I just about get a thousand miles out of the rear tyre on my KTM Duke 690, that works out at 12p per mile (for one tyre).

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    Dibbs, are you using wets or something?

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I just about get a thousand miles out of the rear tyre on my KTM Duke 690…

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I once worked out that, given mileage covered and the amount of times I’ve bought new tyres, driving costs me around 10p a mile in rubber.

    😯

    Onzadog
    Member

    Total cost for my 55 diesel astra is 34p per mile. I can get a more accurate figure when I eventually sell it and most of its mileage is moderate speed motorway driving.

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