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The Motor Vehicles, Parts, and Operating Expenses Price Indicies table, available below either as an Adobe "pdf" document or as a self extracting Excel spreadsheet, is derived from data prepared by the U.S. U.S. Department of Labor's, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).   The table provides data on changes, compared with a certain base period, in the price of cars and trucks, automotive parts and accessories, gas and oil, and certain operating expenses for motor vehicles operated in the United States.  Monthly updates and additional data are available on the BLS web site.   Click here for the Consumer Price Index home page.   Click here for the Producer Price Index home page.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for the indicated products.   The Producer Price Index measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of the listed products.   PPI's measure price change from the perspective of the seller in contrast with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measure price change from the purchaser's perspective.   Sellers' and purchasers' prices may differ due to government subsidies, sales and excise taxes, and distribution costs.

The price collected for an item included in the PPI's is the revenue received by its producer, net of any rebates paid.   Sales and excise taxes are not included in the price because they do not represent revenue to the producer.   The price collected for an item included in the CPI is the out-of-pocket expenditure by a consumer for the item.   Sales and excise taxes are included in the price because they are necessary expenditures by the consumer for the item.

Additional information on interpreting and using these indices is available from the BLS Handbook of Methods.   Click here for the table of contents.

Click on the links above and run your own data series.

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