Pain at the Pump

Expert says Mother Nature behind gas price spike

CREATED Apr 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Gas prices have spiked in southeast Wisconsin as a new report finds the cost of owning a car is up this year over last.  And gas prices aren't the biggest reason for the increase in cost of ownership!

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular in southeast Wisconsin today is $3.76.  A week ago, it was $3.58.  

Gasbuddy.com's Patrick DeHaan says the issue is Mother Nature.  The storms last week caused supply problems.  "That brought power outages, refinery shutdowns, pipeline shutdowns," DeHaan said.

The good news is that the spike should be short lived.

Meanwhile, a new report from AAA finds the cost of owning your car is up 2 percent in the past year.  The big reason for that is the cost of maintaning your car, that's up more than 11 percent over the past year.  Fuel costs were only up about 1.9 percent.

AAA has been doing the cost of ownership study since 1950.

Click here for the latest reported gas prices from MilwaukeeGasPrices.com