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The Unexpected Costs Of Owning Your Dream Ride

When considering a new car and trying to figure out the overall amount that you’ll have to spend to own that vehicle, start with the purchase agreement and the registration, but don’t stop there. For the total cost of ownership cars have to be considered along with the standard costs that are going to arise with normal use.

Budgeting for these repairs is something all owners must do, even if they cannot budget for unexpected breakdowns or accidents.

1. Brake pads 
This is first on the list because brake pads must be changed in order for a car to be safe to operate. Brake pads touch and press against the wheel, slowing the car. This repeated use makes the pads wear out, and they can become less effective. New pads are often needed around every 20,000 miles, though all vehicles and driving conditions are different.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 12.19.46
2. Air filters
The air filter in your car keeps the airflow clean so that the engine burns clean. On top of that, a clogged air filter can actually slow down the airflow, inhibiting the mass airflow sensor; if you have a check engine light that flashes on, this could be the cause. A car with a dirty filter may burn through fuel quicker than necessary.

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3. Oil filters
This is one cost that most people are familiar with, as the oil needs to be changed around every 3,000 miles, and the old filter has to be changed along with it. However, many new cars can actually go for 5,000 or 6,000 miles between oil changes, so all drivers need to check their manuals to make sure that they’re taking proper care of their vehicles.
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4. New tires 
Often, changing the tires can be one of the most expensive procedures for a car. However, when the tire wear starts to appear extensive, it’s very important to switch out the tires. Worn tires can burst, or they may simply not provide enough traction in adverse weather conditions. Either one can lead to an accident, so make sure to have the tires rotated on a regular basis, and get new tires when you need them.
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