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The most expensive states for car owners

The cost of owning a car varies widely around the country -- and it's not just because of gas prices. Repair costs are different, too, thanks to variations in car parts and labor costs.

And you'll find huge differences in insurance premiums around the country. The average cost of an annual car insurance policy in Washington, D.C., for example, is $1,273. That's enough for two years of coverage in Iowa.

"The number of accidents, severity of those accidents, litigation costs, medical costs and repair costs would cause insurance to be more expensive in one state than another," says Jeanne Salvatore, spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute.

So, all told, which states are the most expensive?

To find out, Bankrate ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia using three main criteria: repairs, insurance and gasoline. Labor and parts data were provided by CarMD.com, while gas spending was calculated with statistics from GasBuddy.com and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Insurance costs were compiled from National Association of Insurance Commissioners statistics.

Here are the five priciest states for car owners in ascending order.

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