An 11.3% jump in maintenance bills was the primary driver behind an increase in car operating costs from 2012 to 2013, according to the AAA's annual "Your Driving Costs" study.
Despite that, overall operating costs for the average family sedan were up less than 2% in what was described as a very modest rise.
The AAA pegged the cost per mile of the average family sedan at 60.8 cents, which works out to about $9,122 in annual costs.
"The cost of operating your car has only risen by a very small amount," the AAA's Steve Mazor said in an interview. Mazor is the manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center.