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Hamilton, NJ (April 4, 2017) -- According to a new AAA survey, 64 million American drivers would not be able to pay for an unexpected vehicle repair without going into debt. The findings, AAA says, indicate that many drivers underestimate the full cost of owning and operating a vehicle.
“We learned last week that rising gas prices will impact driver behavior. Now we learn that adding an unexpected repair bill will force many motorists to put it in park.” says Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “AAA is encouraging drivers to save money like their mobility depends on it – because it does." Because some car repairs are unavoidable, and the average repair bill is between $500 and $600, AAA urges drivers to save at least $50 a month for unforeseen expenses.
In 2016, AAA Mid-Atlantic rescued more than two million vehicles that needed roadside assistance for breakdowns and in New Jersey that number was more than 500,000. Most calls for assistance included help with battery failure, flat tires and general tows.
According to AAA, the average cost of owning and operating a vehicle is more than $8,500 a year.
To avoid a surprise down the road, AAA says, drivers should budget for monthly payments, insurance premiums, fuel costs and the inevitable expenses of routine maintenance and repair.
Although an average repair bill can set a driver back up to $600, the cost can soar higher when a vehicle has been poorly maintained. A previous AAA survey found that one-third of U.S. drivers skip or delay recommended service or repairs, which increases the likelihood of unexpected mechanical failures and leaves a vehicle more vulnerable to roadside breakdown. In 2016 alone, AAA responded to nearly 32 million stranded motorists nationally.
“While it may seem that skipping maintenance and repairs can save money in the short term, staying on top of car care can save drivers hundreds of dollars in the long run,” says John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair.
Before a breakdown happens, AAA recommends that vehicle owners:
If faced with an unexpected repair, AAA suggests that drivers:
To locate a AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) in your area, visit AAA.com/autorepair.
The AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) network consists of nearly 7,000 facilities that have met AAA’s high standards, including, technician certifications, ongoing training, financial stability, facility cleanliness, insurance requirements, rigorous inspections and customer satisfaction. AAA members are eligible for special benefits at AAR facilities, including priority service, a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty, discounts, free maintenance inspections, dispute resolution assistance and more.
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