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5 Unavoidable Car Maintenance Costs and How to Manage Them

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Owning a car is not just about making your loan payment every month, paying your car insurance, and buying gas. Unfortunately, there are also many car maintenance costs to manage. Maintaining your car properly keeps it running smoothly and helps limit the major costs you could encounter if something goes significantly wrong. Plan to pay these five unavoidable costs.

1. Oil Changes

Your car can't keep running forever on the same motor oil. Your owner's manual will outline how frequently you need to change the oil, and if you'd like, you can top it off on your own halfway through the interval to ensure there's enough oil to get all the way to the recommended time to change it. One way to minimize this cost is to find coupons for oil and oil changes.

2. New Tires

Your car will go through a set of tires every 40,000 miles or so, depending on the car and the tires. You can help prolong their life and decrease your overall vehicle repair costs by keeping them inflated to the proper level and rotating them every 5,000 miles to help them wear evenly. Keep an eye out for tires with low tread so you can start saving up to replace them.

3. Brake Pads

You will need to replace your brake pads every 30,000 miles or so, depending on how you drive. If you do more highway miles than city miles, your brakes will likely last much longer than that, especially if you make an effort to keep from braking hard and coast to a stop as much as possible.

4. Battery

Most car batteries are rated to last anywhere from 2 to 5 years under normal conditions. Selecting batteries with longer life spans will be more expensive up front but save you in the long run. In addition, maintain the connections going into the battery to help it last as long as it's supposed to and limit your vehicle repair costs.

5. Scheduled Maintenance

The last major category of costs is for general scheduled maintenance. The owner's manual for your car is the best place to find the information you need to estimate these costs. The manual will let you know when you need to replace spark plugs, belts, and other major components. Plan ahead so you have money to pay for these when it's time.

By being aware that car maintenance costs are coming, it's a lot easier to plan for them in advance so you don't have any major bumps in your budget so you will have the money on hand to cover these maintenance costs.

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