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Principles for Calculating Mileage Charges on Cars
Written: 2001.12.08 by: Robin Tivy

The original document describing how mileage costs were calculated for the Bivouac Car over 22 years.

This document describes the principles for calculating "per km" costs of using a car on mountain trips. The basic idea is to share costs for fuel consumption and also some compensation for wear and tear. I kept detailed records of costs on a 1982 Toyota Corolla wagon for over 10 years. An extensive calculation was done to determine the true cost per km so passengers could be charged fairly. The cost was determined to be 14 cents per km for the whole car, which I charged to all passengers and the driver on any long trips. For some people, any charge above "gas money" was outrageous, so it

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