4 Ways to Save Money on Car Care

by Janean Flowe
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Keeping your vehicle well-maintained can be expensive. AAA estimates that, based on driving 15,000 miles a year, average annual maintenance costs for a medium-size sedan or medium-sized SUV would be around $1,400 — and that’s on a newer vehicle. Here are four tips for keeping car costs down.

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Prevent the Problem Follow the schedule in your owner’s manual for oil changes and tire rotations.
If your vehicle provides maintenance reminders (like dashboard alerts), service those issues as soon as you’re prompted. Delaying service can increase vehicle wear and tear, potentially causing longterm damage that’s more expensive to fix. If you aren’t sure what kind of service your car needs, AAA-owned Car Care locations offer members a digital vehicle inspection with every service, which uses photos, videos and technician notes to show you your vehicle’s health.

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Find a quality repair facility You’ll find information on more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and AAA Owned Car Care locations across North America at AAA.com/AutoRepair. All AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities are regularly inspected by AAA to meet our stringent standards.

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Know what repairs may cost The more you know about the potential cost of your auto repairs, the better prepared you’ll be to visit with your mechanic. Whether the job involves routine maintenance or more involved repairs, AAA can provide you with an estimate of the cost. Included in the estimate are breakdowns for parts, labor and the AAA Member discount available at all AAA Owned Car Care locations and Approved Auto Repair Locations.

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Use AAA Member Benefits AAA Members receive exclusive member savings of 10 percent off repair labor* and get a 2-year/24,000-mile warranty on repairs honored nationwide at all of our AAA Owned Car Car locations in the Carolinas and AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities.

— Scott Stilwell, Director, Service Delivery, Car Care

Schedule your Car Care appointment online at AAA.com/GoCarCare or by calling 833-668-5390 today.

*Up to $50 at all AAA Approved Auto Repair and up to $100 at all AAA Owned Car Care locations in the Carolinas.

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