Do you ever wonder what it costs to skip the maintenance your car needs?

Pinching pennies by delaying car repairs can cost you hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars over the long run.

Recently I found this article By Margarette Burnette at that has a good reference table for the costs of not maintaining your car. People on tight budgets are often tempted to skip some routine car maintenance services, or at least to delay an appointment with the auto shop.

However, poorly maintained vehicles cause thousands of wrecks each year. The bill for accidents resulting from unperformed vehicle maintenance tops $2 billion a year, according to a 2004 study by Car Care Council, an advocacy group based in Bethesda, Md.

Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a crash, putting off maintenance is likely to reduce your car’s life span.

“If you don’t maintain your car, you’re taking a

Source: True Cost Of Not Maintaining Your Car |