Low maintenance vehicles
Buying a car may seem like a hefty financial responsibility – even cheap used cars cost big chunks of money. However, the investment doesn't stop with the car payment. Every mile you drive costs money, whether it's in gas, maintenance or repairs.
Typically, most used cars will come from the dealership with an automatic enrollment in a "maintenance reminder" program. This may include letters, notifications by email or even notifications by your car's control panel. Either way, cars are expensive to maintain and repair. Here's a list of just a few of the maintenance expenses you can expect to pay for when owning a used car:
- Oil changes
- Spark plugs
- Transmission service
- Coolant service
- Smog checks
And those are just the beginning. Being able to responsibly maintain your used car is important in order to keep it from stranding you on the road or worse, having a breakdown requiring major repairs or replacement of the engine. While buying the cheapest car on the lot may seem enticing, it's important to investigate whether that car will be more expensive in the long run.
Trusted Choice® has compiled a list of the eight cheapest cars to maintain to give you insight into a few makes and models that can help save your budget and your vehicle from major repair costs. The basis of this list is data from which provides yearly statistics on car breakdown trends and cost data for both used cars and new cars. They have been a reliable source of car information for years and have introduced a new gadget that plugs right into the car showing you whether it has no problems (green light), minor problems (yellow light) or problems that need immediate attention (red light). Some of the more expensive vehicles (such as Audi, Lexus and Range Rover) come with free maintenance. However, their price point makes them unaffordable for the average citizen. Let's see how used cars stack up when it comes to ownership costs and maintenance:
When it comes to maintaining a car, cheap isn't always best. While changing your own oil and checking the air pressure in your tires may be fun, if you have a warranty covering your used car, use it. It's there to help maintain your car and if it's a simple, straightforward check or maintenance, it's usually worth it. Be wary of extra services offered at the dealership, however, as many times these can be done by another shop (or by you) for much less.
If you're buying a used car from a dealership, they may offer you an extended warranty of some type. Before signing on the dotted line, make sure you're getting a good deal. Some extended warranties cover as little as two oil changes and two multi-point inspections. These are typically not worth it and work against you to get your car in for extra services that the warranty doesn't cover. When working to maintain your car, there are many services you can do yourself such as checking tire pressure, fluid levels and windshield wipers and replacing the cabin air filter. Read the fine print on any warranty before purchasing it.
If you're looking for other ways to add value to your car and protect your bottom line, the right car insurance coverage can be a big help. Independent agents can help you get the best coverage for the best value by showing you several quotes for coverage before you buy. Trusted Choice agents are ready to help you.gold after america tour gold after five dresses gold after hours price gold against the soul gold against inflation gold against us dollar gold against inflation chart gold against loan gold against dollar gold against cash gold against the soul vinyl gold among us gold among us character gold among us pop it gold among the dross gold among the sand gold among us wallpaper gold among the dross meaning gold among us logo gold around america tour gold around pupil gold around the world gold around tooth gold around me gold around teeth gold around the american flag gold around iris gold as an investment gold as inflation hedge gold as a gas gold as a hedge against inflation gold as a conductor gold as an element gold as currency gold as an investment 2021 gold at the bottom of the ocean gold at the bottom of lake michigan gold at the bottom of the pyramid gold at the bottom of niagara falls goldfish at bottom of tank gold at bottom of world trade center gold at bottom of waterfall gold at bottom of american flag gold at the top of the pyramids gold brick top of moving stairs top golf what happened to the gold at the top of the pyramids what happened to the gold on top of the great pyramid gold at the end of the rainbow gold at room temperature gold at fort knox gold at spot gold at the end of the rainbow meaning gold at walmart gold at world trade center gold at higher levels 5e gold before and after etf gold before it is refined gold before processing gold before purification gold before election gold before you wake up gold before mining before gold coast what was the name of ghana gold behind the couch table gold behind currency gold behind waterfall rdr2 gold behind boulders gold behind glass gold behind the names behind gold icon behind gold's rally gold beneath world trade center gold beneath the waves gold beneath dark waters gold beneath the waves pdf gold beneath the waves book gold beneath the southern skies gold chain beneath your shirt gold key beneath the planet of the apes gold bedside table gold bedside lamp gold bedside lamp with usb port gold bedside clock gold bedside sconces gold bedside wall lamps gold bedside table set of 2 gold bedside tables with drawers gold between teeth gold between gap teeth gold between tiles between gold and diamond which is more expensive between gold and platinum which one is expensive between gold and silver which one is expensive between gold and diamond which is more valuable transfer gold between servers wow gold beyond las vegas gold beyond measure gold beyond the sun necklace gold & beyond gold & beyond montgomery alabama gold beyond marlboro gold & beyond on norman bridge road gold & beyond pawn shop gold but a is silent gold but bold gold but old gold but not old gold but no glitter gold buy gold gold but not glitter meaning gold but k is silent gold by the gram gold by the ounce gold by kiiara gold by britt nicole gold by the inch gold by john stewart gold by the gram price gold by commodity contra gold gold in contra costa county gold sodium thiomalate contraindications slim gold contra indicação gold pro contra gold nutrition zma contra indicações 007 contra gold finger ivomec gold contra indicação gold during inflation gold during stagflation gold during deflation gold during recession gold during hyperinflation gold during great depression gold during market crash gold during 2008 crash gold even gold evening gown gold evening dress gold event center even gold is tested by fire even gold can rust lyrics even gold can rust event gold class except gold gold for cash gold for sale near me gold for cash near me gold for sale online gold for america tour gold for jewelry making gold for childhood cancer gold from itsfunneh gold from electronics gold from india gold from dubai gold from pokemon