what does it actually cost

what does it actually cost to operate the car? -gas -tuneup (we’d have to give the car a regular tuneup sooner than usual) -food for the journey.

1100 miles @ 25mpg = 44 gallons x $1.30 = $57.20 x 2 (round-trip) = $114.40
regular tune-up = $0 – $30 (depending on what milage point we’re at then)
food is negligable, since we’d be eating anyway.
extra gas, for driving around in So Cal…that one’s hard to say.

so I’m starting to doubt that it would save any money. the only way to make it worthwhile would be to make it a “real” vacation.

all this holds true, pretty much, for going to Lance’s wedding as well.