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Everyone knows auto repair costs can be high: the average repair bill in the U.S. comes to $305.56. But the reality is that not keeping up with auto repairs and maintenance can turn out to be even more costly. The longer you put off a repair, the more the problem is likely to grow. Plus, the bill for accidents caused by unperformed maintenance tops a whopping $2 billion every single year. It’s important you remember that doing basic maintenance and repairs is simply part of the cost of owning a car.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t do anything to keep auto repair costs down. There are some auto repair services that it’s simply not worth doing on your own; given that synthetic oil now only needs to be changed every 7,000 to 10,000 miles, for example, you probably won’t save enough to make changing your own oil worth it (especially since you’ll need to buy specialized equipment and probably pay disposal fees for the contaminated oil). But there are certain skills all drivers should have, both for financial and safety reasons. Here are five of the most important:
What basic maintenance do you prefer to perform yourself in order to keep auto repair costs down, and what would you rather leave to the pros? Join the discussion in the comments.