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No. 1: Wyoming
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No. 1: Wyoming

Cost: $2,705 (22 percent higher than the national average)

Car repairs, gas prices and insurance all rank below average in Wyoming. What makes it the most expensive has more to do with the extreme distances that drivers travel within the Cowboy State.

Wyoming drivers put an average of 16,948 miles on their vehicles in a year. That's a whopping 68 percent more miles than the typical car owner. Despite relatively low gas prices -- they averaged $3.37 in 2013 -- all those miles pushed the estimated amount spent on gas in a year up to $1,588, or 61 percent more than the typical U.S. driver.

The consolation prizes for Wyoming drivers: At an average of $792 per year, they pay 10 percent less in car insurance premiums than the typical U.S. driver. Car owners in Wyoming also pay below-average rates for labor and parts, making the average cost of repairs the seventh cheapest in the country.

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