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Cost of car ownership rises 2 percent

Beau Boeckmann, vice president of Los Angeles-based Galpin

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Here's some solace for LIRR riders still upset over this year's fare hikes: the cost of car ownership also increased in 2013, by about 2 percent, according to AAA.

The motoring organization's annual "Your Driving Costs" survey, released April 16, calculates the costs of maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance and depreciation on a new vehicle that is driven over five years and 75,000...

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Amid Sandy's gas shortage don't worry about premium fuel in a regular engine

There's no benefit, and certainly no harm, to

(Credit: AP (2007))

In the wake of Sandy, Long Islanders’ gas routines have changed dramatically. A simple decision to fill up has now become an hours-long process. There’s the search for an open gas station, followed by the cost-benefit analysis of the line at the rare functioning station, then the actual wait on the line. Finally, when the euphoric moment hits and an attendant waives you to the pump, you arrive only...

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