Our vehicles can sure drain our pocketbooks, and not just with the initial purchase. There’s the cost of fuel, insurance, and registration to consider. But, where things can really get pricey is repairs, such as when you go down to your favorite Utah brake repair garage.
The good news is that cars are better built these days and last longer than they used to. In 1969 the typical car would last only 5.1 years. Fast forward to 1990 and it was 6.5 years, and by 2007 it bumped up to 9.4 years.
The cost of maintenance has gone up since the 1960s (accounting for inflation), but the annual amount we spend on repairs is less. This is because new vehicles are more reliable. For example you can go 150,000 miles before needing a tune up in a new vehicle, where as you’ll need one after 30,000 miles in an old vehicle.
In 1960 a mid-size car cost an average of $8,053 to repair. By 1970 that amount fell to $7,770 and in 1990 it cost around $6,880. These prices do take into account inflation.
If you want to keep your car running for as long as possible take the advice of car manufacturers and experts and perform routine maintenance. Your car will last a lot longer if it’s operating efficiently. You can pay $150 a year for maintenance and avoid the $3-5 thousand it would cost you to replace your engine.
Try to set aside $50 every month to put in a repairs and maintenance fund to avoid being overwhelmed when the need for a repair does come up. Even getting a brake job at your Utah brake repair shop will cost you an average of $350. There are some costs you can plan on such as replacing tires (avg. $400), but it’s great to have a fund for those unpleasant surprises as well.
To give you an idea of what some typical repairs cost, here are a few more examples. Fixing your air conditioning system will be around $700. Your engine cooling system will cost you about $465 to repair. If you need a new transmission it’ll cost you around $3000.
It’s important to do your own Inspections on your vehicle regularly rather than relying solely on your Utah brake repair garage and other shops. If you keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary, such as vibrations, sounds, or smells and catch a problem early enough, you’ll save yourself a lot of money in the long run.