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News   August 8, 2019   by Renee Montague

Americans delaying maintenance to the tune of nearly $25 billion a year

Brake pads, tire changes and oil changes rank at the top of the list of unperformed maintenance work in the U.S., according to the Auto Care Association’s latest Factbook.

The annual report on the health of the aftermarket pegs the value of delayed auto maintenance at $24.9 billion.

In a survey of 100,000 American households, the reports authors found Americans know repairs need to be performed on their car but have chosen to delay the work.

“We found that a surprising amount of households are knowingly delaying vehicle maintenance and that the primary reasons are economic, convenience and a perception that delaying the maintenance isn’t quite effecting vehicle performance. Ultimately, servicing your vehicle at the recommended service intervals can keep money in your pocket by avoiding more unintentional wear, a catastrophic failure or worse case, an accident,” said Bill Thompson, CEO, IMR, Inc.

The Auto Care Association agreed that vehicles are not repaired on a routine schedule and offer a Car Care Guide.

“Not all repairs are made equal, and not all of them set off a check engine light. That’s why even if you’re not checking your owner’s manual, it’s important to get your car serviced on a regular basis,” said Behzad Rassuli, senior vice president, strategic development, Auto Care Association.

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1 Comment » for Americans delaying maintenance to the tune of nearly $25 billion a year
  1. Good morning ,

    to the above article. Several years ago you published one of my say. My few has not changed since. In Europe, you have mandatory Inspections every 2 years done by the so-called TUV, if not done, Plates will be taken off the Car. These Inspections are very tuff for Mechanical as well as Body. If Problems found are not repaired within 2 months for the re-inspection, plates will be taken off the Car. You, therefore, do not have the problem of unsafe cars on the road , also your whole parts and automotive will be much better off.

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