True cost of not maintaining your car

By Margarette Burnette •

People on tight budgets are often tempted to skip some routine car maintenance services, or at least to delay an appointment with the auto shop. However, poorly maintained vehicles cause thousands of wrecks each year. The bill for accidents resulting from unperformed vehicle maintenance tops $2 billion a year, according to the Car Care Council, an advocacy group based in Bethesda, Md. Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a crash, putting off maintenance is likely to reduce your car's lifespan. "If you don't maintain your car, you're taking a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles over its life, and you're knocking it down to maybe 150,000 miles," says Philip Reed, author of the "Strategies for Smart Car Buyers" blog at The true cost of not maintaining your vehicle can include hefty repair bills for bad brakes, failed emissions tests and maybe even a failed engine. Following is a list of some common maintenance requirements for automobiles and the costly problems that can occur if they aren't completed: Car care checklist Delaying car repairs can cost you hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars over the long run. Here are six areas of maintenance you should never skip.

6 car maintenance must-dos
1. Consistent oil changes
2. Tire rotations, air pressure checks
3. Replace timing belt
4. Annual brake checkup
5. Replacing the PCV regularly
6. Changing spark plugs and filters

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