Guide: How to Estimate Your Auto Maintenance Costs

If you are the proud owner of a new car or are still looking at your various options, it’s best to calculate what exactly the running costs will be. You don’t want to finally get the car of your dreams only to be shocked by exorbitant maintenance costs a year or so down the road. Regular maintenance is a must, especially if you want to keep your engine running smoothly and arrive at your destination without any setbacks.

How do you know how much regular car maintenance might cost? This is an important aspect to include in your budget before even buying a car. Here, we will give you some handy pointers on how you can calculate your car’s maintenance costs to help you form a more comprehensive budget.

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1. Brake Pad Replacement

If you buy a brand new car, you won’t have to worry too much about brake pad replacement in the near future. Brake pads should be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. So, depending on how far and how often you drive and the number of miles on the clock when you buy the car, you can include this part in your budget.

Wear and tear on your brake pads will also depend on your driving style and the type of roads you are driving on. The estimated number of miles mentioned above is merely an estimate.

  • Estimated Cost:$100-$350

The cost will also depend on the make and model of the car you are driving, the availability of parts, and the dealership or automotive repair service provider you make use of.

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2. Engine Air Filter Replacement

This is another replacement that you won’t need very frequently yet an important one to take note of. Having a fully functional engine air filter will ensure that your engine is protected from any dirt or debris that might otherwise get inside. It is recommended to have the engine filter replaced every 20,000 to 60,000 miles.

A clean engine air filter will also ensure that the airflow is clean and that your engine is protected. It is important to note that an engine air filter has nothing to do with the cabin air filter.

  • Estimated Cost:$20-$75

We’d also like to mention that the cost and frequency of replacing the engine air filter will greatly depend on the model and make of the car you are driving.

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3. Wiper Blades Replacement

Safety is always the top priority, and if your wiper blades aren’t working at 100%, you could be jeopardizing your own safety as well as that of other drivers. It is recommended that wiper blades be replaced every six to twelve months. The moment you hear a screeching sound coming from your wipers, it’s time to replace them.

Wipers can crack and dry over a period, resulting in smearing marks on your windshield when in use. This is recipe for disaster, especially when driving in rainy weather.

  • Estimated Cost:$7-$15

The cost will depend on the brand you purchase as well as the dealership you buy them from. Wiper blades are, however, easy to install yourself, which can cut some costs.

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4. Tire Rotation and Replacement

Keeping your tires in top shape is vital for ultimate performance. A car’s weight is distributed in such a way that the front of the car is heavier than the back. It is therefore important to rotate the tires now and then (or every 3,000 to 6,000 miles).

We’d advise you to check your tires at least once a month to ensure there are no cracks or significant changes in the tread depth.

  • Estimated Cost for Rotation:$20-$50
  • Estimated Cost for Replacement:$50-$300 per tire

Take note that the costs can vary depending on the type of tires you purchase and the dealership.

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5. Oil and Filter

Apart from your regular services, keeping on top of your oil and filter status is key for optimal vehicle performance. We’d advise you to check and change the oil and the filter every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, or at least once every three months. It also depends on the model and make of the car you drive.

Nowadays, cars have built-in computerized monitors for just about everything, making it much easier for drivers to keep track of maintenance issues. Some cars have built-in oil monitoring systems that will let you know when it’s time to go to the garage for a change.

  • Estimated Cost:$20-$100

We can’t stress the importance of safety enough. Making sure your car and parts are in good condition is key to enjoying a safer, happier drive.

Need some advice on buying used auto parts? Read our buyer’s guide on what to look out for when buying used auto parts. At AW Auto Repairs, we’re committed to providing our clients with the highest quality service while helping them enjoy their wheels.

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