A while ago, I wrote a very simplistic analysis of the costs involved in owning a car. At that time I used data that I found online to create a very optimistic estimate for the US and I suggested that if someone could provide me with proper data, I would be willing to recalculate it for Romania as well.
Well, someone else has done this for me, so if you’re interested go ahead and check this out for the Romanian estimate. Our estimates are actually surprisingly similar, with theirs being higher because it’s in Euros versus US Dollars. Possible reasons for a higher estimate may be more reasonable assumptions (my estimate was exaggeratedly optimistic), as well as higher gas prices, a more expensive car to start with and perhaps higher taxes as well.