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12 Ways to Cut the Cost of Car Maintenance and Repairs

Cheapism Logo By Ed Cohen of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 13: Cars are one of the largest purchases consumers make, alongside homes and college educations. But unlike real estate or a bachelor's degree, a car isn't an investment. Unless the purchase involves a collectible car in the hope of price appreciation, a vehicle is an expense -- and one that doesn't end with the purchase. It takes more than fuel to operate a car over the long run. Routine maintenance and repairs are necessary to keep a vehicle operating safely and efficiently and to preserve its resale value. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to keep your car in good operating order with minimal wallet drain.

Beyond changing the oil

Cars are one of the largest purchases consumers make, alongside homes and college educations. But unlike real estate or a bachelor's degree, a car isn't an investment. Unless the purchase involves a collectible car in the hope of price appreciation, a vehicle is an expense -- and one that doesn't end with the purchase.

It takes more than fuel to operate a car over the long run. Routine maintenance and repairs are necessary to keep a vehicle operating safely and efficiently and to preserve its resale value. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to keep your car in good operating order with minimal wallet drain.

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