Fewer people doing car maintenance in recession

Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:21pm

In a tough economy, a lot of past necessities tend to get neglected...including your car. That's the assesment from a Consumer Reports survey, which shows that 40 percent of Americans are skipping routine tune-ups because of money concerns.

Troy Nester of Benton Road Auto Repair in Bossier City says it's happening in the Ark-La-Tex too. "We used to get a lot of oil changes real regular in here. Not so much lately," he said. According to Consumer Reports, the typical driver owned an early 2000s model car, usually purhcased used. They planned to hold onto it at least another 5 years on average.

Still, oil changes, brake work and timing belt replacements topped the list of neglected work. Mechanics say that's a big mistake, since missing out on routine maintenance now can mean even bigger repair bills later. "I mean, an oil change is anywhere from 39 to 49 dollars, compared to a 3 or 4-thousand dollar motor. It's a huge difference," said Nester.

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