Repair costs

So I was wondering since we put extra miles and thus extra wear and tear on our vehicles how much extra you factor in for the cost of repair? Someone was telling me that with some companies if you use you personal car for some business related work and are reimbursed for gas there is also an extra factor per mile they add for repair costs and maintenance . So, what would some of you think we should factor per mile in repair and maintenance?
 
Gas & oil change: $0.09
Depreciation: $0.12
Insurance & registration: $0.06
Repair & maintenance: $0.06
Enhancements & misc.: $0.02
Total: $0.35/mile ... on my Focus sedan

I think my company reimbursement is $0.375/mile at the moment.
 
The IRS is giving a deduction of 40.5 cents a mile for business travel driven for 2005. This is up from 37.5 cents per mile in 2004.

While most of the time chasing cannot be considered business travel, the IRS deduction is a ballpark figure on how much chase mileage is costing you. The real cost is much, much more than just fuel.

I figure that wear and tear alone is costing me more than $135 per 1,000 miles I put on my car (~14 cents per mile), assuming my car lasts for 200,000 miles. That's just by dividing the purchase price of the car by miles driven. That doesn't count repairs, oil changes, fuel, tires, brakes, insurance, inspections, etc. The IRS figure counts in all of those items. Of course the actual number will vary depending on the type of vehicle, IE an SUV will cost more to operate per mile than a small car.

Bottom line is that budgeting for chase season often ignores the fact that you're taking a huge chunk out of the life of your car and therefore decreasing the time interval between car purchases. A 3-week chase trip might cost you $3,000 in gas and hotels, but might end up actually costing you $6000 to $7000 when you factor in vehicle wear and tear. That extra cost won't manifest itself until you have to replace your car 1 or 2 years earlier than you normally would!
 
Thanks for the info. I'm trying to figure out how much to budget for repair. This is because last year I had a whole slew of things that needed repair and I try to keep the car well maintained. I had my A/C, clutch, alternator, and several sensors go last season. However, the car is a 13 year old toyota paseo w/ about 250K miles on it. So odviously I'm not really worried about depreciation, but the gas milage is pretty good with about 35-39mpg.
 
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