— If you want to keep your car from falling apart, it’s important to understand your car’s basic maintenance needs, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, surveyed more than 700 owners and found that nearly half of owners had trouble keeping their cars running properly and had to pay for more than $1,000 in maintenance each year.
They also found that most of those owners needed more than a $2,000 annual car maintenance bill.
“Most of us don’t realize how important maintenance is for maintaining our vehicles,” said Dr. David M. Biederman, associate professor of epidemiology at UC Davis and lead author of the study.
“I’m not saying it’s impossible to get up to speed with this, but it can be very costly.”
In addition to the cost of the repairs, many owners may have trouble keeping the car from getting worse.
One study found that among those with a car with a mechanical problem, more than half reported that the repairs were expensive.
Another found that car owners with a faulty air conditioning system needed to pay nearly $2 a month to keep their vehicles running.
The new study is the first to assess how maintenance costs vary depending on vehicle condition.
It’s a tricky question, said Biedman.
He’s already seen that the cost to maintain a car is different depending on how badly the vehicle has deteriorated.
A 2009 study found a maintenance bill of $2 for every $1 spent on repairs.
If the maintenance bill is high, owners may want to seek help from a car insurance company to get out of the bill, Biedeman said.
In the new study, he said, only about 2% of owners in the study were in that situation.
Biederman said it’s a challenge to quantify the cost.
I want to be clear, the researchers said, that the average maintenance bill was only $2 per month for most owners.
But it’s very likely that it was much higher.
But if a car has mechanical problems, the study found, the cost could be much higher, as well.
For example, a 2014 study found owners who had been using an air conditioning unit for at least six months had a $1 maintenance bill on average each year, but owners who were using an electric air conditioning used for just five months had $1 a month maintenance.
More expensive maintenance also has to do with how much damage the car has sustained, Bederman said.
For example: “If you have a very bad air conditioning situation, the damage is much greater than the repairs,” he said.
If your car has a high-end mechanical problem like a broken air conditioner or a defective air condition unit, you may be in danger of getting into a financial hole.
That’s because the repairs can cost more to fix than the repair costs, and if repairs are too expensive, the vehicle may end up with a repair bill that is not covered by insurance, the research said.
“When you have an expensive repair bill, you can’t just wait to be reimbursed,” Biederm said.
“It means that the car will end up in the garage, it means the owner will have to pay extra for the repair bill and the owner could end up paying more out of pocket.”
Biden, Obama push for universal coverage for car maintenanceThe auto industry and the president’s Affordable Care Act are working to expand universal coverage of vehicle maintenance.
The law requires auto companies to cover all repairs, including parts, labor, and fuel, even if the vehicle is lost or stolen.
Under the ACA, consumers will have access to a federal health insurance exchange to shop for insurance, which will cover up to $2 million for each person enrolled in the new program.
The law also requires that auto companies provide their maintenance costs to the federal government.
To encourage insurance companies to make maintenance a top priority, the White House announced last month that the Department of Health and Human Services will provide free vehicle maintenance to the public.
The health care law requires car companies to offer insurance coverage for repairs, as part of their health plans.
Auto companies that have reached agreements with the federal program will receive payments from the federal Government to cover up the cost, but the payments will be based on the percentage of vehicles covered by the government.
In 2018, about 1.3 million vehicles were covered by federal government coverage, the Office of Management and Budget reported.
There are no limits on the number of cars covered under the federal programs.