Do you feel like you spend dozens of hours every year stuck in traffic? If you live in Los Angeles and surrounding areas of Southern California, chances are you do. However, the access to quality infrastructure for drivers (e.g., parking lots, repair shops, and gas stations) means Southern California residents don’t have it the worst among American car owners in 2016. This dubious honor goes to big cities on the East Coast and much farther north on the West Coast.
WalletHub, a site specializing in credit reports, analyzed data on the key elements of owning a vehicle in the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. to determine the best and worst places for drivers. Analysts looked at ownership and maintenance costs (30%); traffic and infrastructure (30%); auto safety and severity of citations/fines (30%); and number of dealerships and service centers per capita. Here are the 10 cities that were the worst of the bunch.
If you live in Boston, maybe you should use the public transportation available. WalletHub rated Beantown the very worst in parking, number of repair shops, and access to car washes. You’ll pay a ton to park if you actually can find a spot, and if you need something fixed you’ll have to go out of your way to find a garage. With these conditions, no wonder Zipcar is headquartered in Boston. Our advice: Borrow, share, rent, repeat. And definitely become acquainted with mass transit options.
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10 Worst Cities for Car Owners in America