Keep Auto Repair Costs Low with Regular Maintenance


When is the last time you had to take your vehicle in for a repair? Car repairs are common and come with the territory of owning a vehicle. Regardless, having to shell out a chunk of change for sudden repairs is the last thing many people want to do. But just how much do Americans spend each year on car repairs? What are some of the most common types of vehicle repairs? Well, there are many. From oil changes and switching tires to all season tires, the list of potential repairs is seemingly endless.

Depending on the type of repair you need, you could end up shelling out anywhere between a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. According to reports, the average cost of repairs in the U.S. is $305.55. Of that, about $202 covers parts and the other $100 or so covers labor. It should be noted, however, that an estimated $60 billion worth of car maintenance goes unattended each year.

Of the many repairs being performed each year, quite a few have to do with maintaining the various fluids found in vehicles, including power steering fluid, coolant, motor oil, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and transmission fluid. When these fluids aren’t properly maintained, your vehicle won’t operate efficiently.

Another common auto repair involves tires. Vehicles can’t operate without tires, and because they undergo a lot of wear and tear, it’s important to keep an eye on them to know when to replace them. Fortunately, tire repairs are fairly simple. Unfortunately, they can be costly, so you will always want to ensure you know what types of tires your car needs so you don’t waste money. Often times tire replacements or repairs are done in auto repair shops, though the skilled handy person may feel comfortable enough working on their car at home.

It’s important to note that there are many different tires on the market. From snow tires and all season tires, to truck tires and more, there are many options for vehicle owners to choose from. But with so many tire replacements or repairs each year, what happens to the discarded ones? Well, according to industry experts, of the more than 250 million tires that are discarded every year, many of them get recycled and melted down for asphalt. In some cases, they’re even used to make new tires.

What was the last car repair you had completed? Do you have all season tires on your vehicle?

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