Is Car Maintenance Expensive?
Those thinking of buying a new car would be forgiven for being put off by the ongoing expense of car maintenance. The truth is that your car is a machine: and like any other machine keeping it well oiled and preserved will prevent most damage from occurring.
Is car maintenance expensive? A little. But not so expensive as having to do the repairs you incur if you don’t properly maintain your car!
Since everyone’s view of “expensive” is a little different, we here at Autofixie wanted to outline a few key regular maintenance costs to help you make your decision. If you do run into problems don’t forget that Autofixie can help you find an auto professional for car maintenance near you!
Car Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Ignore
It’s not just flat tires, it’s bald tires, tires with cuts or bulges and tires with visible threading. If one of these explodes on the freeway at high speed you might be in serious trouble. Never mind the cost of the damage to the undercarriage of your car!
Average Cost to Replace A Tire: around $50 (Angie’s List)
Average Cost of Damage Done By Tire Blowout: Potential Death, Wreck.
Air Filter Change
A new air filter will increase gas mileage, reduce emissions, improve engine performance and make your car drive better all round. You should get it done maximum every 15k, but if you live in a dusty area then every 10k miles.
Is An Air Filter Change Expensive?
Nope, it costs around $40 on a small car. If you don’t get it done your car pulls less air through the engine and burns more fuel as a result. Long term, a fresh air filter saves you gas money. You can read more about air filters on Car Talks. Search Autofixie to find auto shops for car maintenance near you.
Oil Change and Oil Filter Replacement
Oil gets gunky, it gets dirty. All that dirt goes round and round in your engine and chokes it up. If you want a car that runs well you need an oil change at least once a year. Have your oil filter changed on a regular basis too if that dirty oil starts to back up.
Average cost of an oil change: $20-100, depending on how bad it is and how big your car is (Car Bibles). Not getting your oil filter changed results in a clog up of dirty oil, a sluggish car, and the potential to do hundreds of dollars worth of damage.
Car maintenance can be a little expensive – but so can public transport be. Car maintenance will prevent worse issues from doing damage that will cost you even more to repair. So small tasks shouldn’t be overlooked. For more information, or to find an auto professional near you, visit Autofixie. Remember us if you ever get into a jam of your own!