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How to Save Money on Auto Repairs for Older Cars.

It may be hard for those younger than 30 to believe, but once upon a time, people would often trade in their cars every two or three years. Gone are the days. Auto owners are keeping their cars in drive for an average 9.4 years.

And that's a smart money move. The key is to keep up with regular car care maintenance, especially once the warranty expires. As a car ages, the truth of the matter is that it's going to require more maintenance.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, annual maintenance and repairs cost $390 in the third year of ownership, on average; $404 in year four and $464 in year five.

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Don't Get Slammed by Big Repair Costs

Dust off your manual and go over the manufacturer's recommendations for maintenance. If you can't find your manual - no problem. Most car companies have manuals on line. Download a PDF and save it on your computer and print out a copy to keep in your car. According toDriverSide.com, only 41 percent of car owners admit to following the regular service schedule. You can cut down on cost car breakdowns by becoming one of the 59 percent who do.

Spend $175 - and Save up to $5,000

One of the most expensive breakdowns is the engine cooling system.  When it goes out-of-whack, your car will overheat and that can lead to major repairs. Look for a repair shop that can bring in servicing your cooling system at around $175. Then you can fend off an engine job that could cost $5,000.

Don't Overdo It On Oil Changes


For years, car owners lived by the credo to change their oil every 3,000 miles. But that's not always necessary with late-model cars.  For example, Ford recommends waiting to change the oil at the 7,500-mile point on cars made from 2007 and on, and GM cars can go for 6,000 miles.

Read your manual. Follow the recommendations so your car can live a long and inexpensive life!


Get the 60,000 Mile Checkup


Once you get to the five-year mark, your car will probably tally up over 60,000 miles. At this stage, you'll want to spend the $300 or so that it will cost for the checkup. When it's done, make sure you get the timing belt replaced, along with other parts recommended in your manual. The money you spend on a 60,000-mile checkup is a real bargain compared to the thousands you might be billed if your car needs engine repair, according to the American Automobile Association ("triple A").


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