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Data Shows Cars In Rochester More Expensive Than State Average

It seems like big data is slowly taking over the world. We crunch numbers to learn more about just about everything: the spread of disease, criminal activity, and now, car buying.

Alex Klein is the Vice President of Data Science at Autolist. He describes them as the Kayak of Car Dealerships. And Klein says if you're in Rochester, or pretty much anywhere in Monroe County, you might be paying more for a car than elsewhere in the state.

"Rochester is actually, $294 more than the state average. So when thinking about where you might be able to save money, you might want to go to some place like New York City proper."

Klein says this has to do with what he calls dealer density. Basically, the more car dealerships you have in a given region, the lower the price gets. Even though Rochester is considered a metropolis in its own right, there are a lot more dealerships per square mile when you get further downstate.

In New York City, for example, Klein says the cars average $800-$900 below the state average.

Veronica Volk is a senior editor and producer for WXXI News.