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As consumers look for ways to cut their budget, some may consider delaying or forgoing entirely regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance. However, keeping a vehicle properly maintained is the best way to avoid major repairs down the road that are far more costly than the normally scheduled maintenance.

AAA suggests regularly maintaining these five parts of your vehicle to potentially decrease future repair costs:

  1. Battery Cables / Clamps / Terminals - Keeping the battery maintained will not only prolong the battery’s life, but also help prevent break downs.
  2. Engine Oil - Not maintaining the proper levels, not using the proper oil or not changing it frequently enough can destroy an engine. 
  3. Antifreeze / Coolant Protection - Maintain the antifreeze/coolant system to avoid the car freezing up in the winter or overheating in the summer- both of which can result in costly damage to the car.
  4. Brake Fluid - Old brake fluid at low levels can result in a vehicle’s brakes declining in effectiveness or completely failing.  Additionally, a leak in the brake line can cause a vehicle fire if the fluid drips onto a heated surface such as a catalytic converter.
  5. Tires - Improperly inflated tires or bald tires can have a negative impact on your stopping distance, thus increasing your chance of collisions.
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