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Everyone in Belleville does their best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance.

What’s hard is planning for unexpected vehicle repairs.

The truth is that our vehicles can stay on our roads longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That’s because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repair costs for every vehicle or vehicle.

There’s a tool that can be found on cost of maintenance and repairs; for example in , it is about 83¬†dollars. That may sound like a lot, but compare it to a new car payment.

So if you set aside 83¬†dollars a month, you’d go a long ways towards taking care of routine maintenance and being prepared for the unexpected repairs that arise.

Some folks in 62220 are afraid of what can go wrong with their older car so they buy a new one. That’s fine if you really want a new car. But if you properly maintain your older vehicle, you’ll save a lot of money on new car payments and insurance. It just makes good economic sense when times are tight in Southern Illinois.