Car Repair Costs

I think we can all agree on the fact that owning a car is expensive. We fork out money for fuel, insurance, and registration. But, the real clincher is the money we have to spend periodically for repairs, such as for a trip to a favorite Utah brake repair garage.

People are keeping their vehicles longer because they are more reliable and last longer. In 1969 the average age for a car was 5.1 years.

But, jump forward to 1990 and it was 6.5 years, and by 2007 it grew to 9.4 years. Although the cost of maintenance has gone up since the 1960s (accounting for inflation) the annual amount spent is less. This is due to the reliability of new vehicles. For instance new vehicles can go 150,000 miles before a tune-up where older vehicles needed one every 30,000 miles.

Accounting for inflation, in 1960 the average cost to repair a mid-size car was $8,053. In 1970 it dropped to $7,770. By 1990 it was down to $6,880.

Car manufacturers and experts stress that the best way to keep your vehicle running for a long time is to perform routine maintenance. By keeping your car operating efficiently it will last longer. Paying $150 in maintenance a year can save you the $3-5 thousand for a new (used) engine.

To help you not be overwhelmed when a repair does come up, save $50 every month for repairs and maintenance. Even a simple trip to your Utah brake repair shop will average $350. There are some items you can anticipate such as replacing tires (avg. $400), but it’s always a good idea to have some cash when the unexpected happens.

Here are a few more examples of average repair costs. You can expect to spend around $700 if you need to fix your air conditioning system. It will cost you about $465 to repair your engine cooling system. And you’re looking at $3000 for a new transmission.

It’s important to take the time to inspect your vehicle regularly; rather than just taking it to your Utah brake repair shop and other garages when you have major problems. If you notice any vibrations, sounds, or smells that are out of the ordinary, don’t ignore them. If you catch a problem early on and get it fixed rather than letting the problem continue to damage your vehicle you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

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