Driven by high insurance costs, Louisiana ranks second in the nation behind Wyoming in the cost of owning and operating a vehicle.
The 2014 car cost report comes from bankrate.com which reviewed costs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
According to the report, Louisiana motorists pay an estimated $354 annually for repairs, $924 annually for fuel and $1,277 for insurance for a total cost of $2,555.
Vehicle owners in Wyoming pay a total of $150 more per year. Fuel costs of $1,588 are the major factor in Wyoming.
The report shows insurance costs in Louisiana are the highest in the nation, just ahead of Washington, D.C. where motorists pay $1,273 and New Jersey where vehicle owners pay $1,244 annually.
Bankrate.com says the lowest overall costs can be found in Iowa where motorists pay $315 for repairs, $630 for insurance and $998 for gas.
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.