PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The sticker shock that often comes with vehicle repair is that it is too much to afford for many Americans. That’s the upshot of a new AAA survey.
The study found that an estimated 64 million drivers have to cover their repair bills with credit cards because they don’t have the cash on hand.READ MORE: 2022 Wawa Welcome America Festival Guide: Road Closures, Public Transportation Information
AAA’s Kathleen Miller says vehicle maintenance is something we should factor into our budgets.READ MORE: Rhys Hoskins, Darick Hall Homer, Lead Phillies Past Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
“Putting aside maybe $50 a month could be a start to that type of savings because we’re looking at the average repair bill being between $500 and $600 dollars,” she said. “And so putting away $50 a month would help you cover that.”
Also, sticking to a rigid maintenance schedule will save you the whopping cost of a roadside breakdown and repair job.MORE NEWS: CBS3 SummerFest: Catch The Ocean Breeze Without Sitting On Sand With Atlantic City Cruises
The study finds that about a third of U.S. drivers put off recommended vehicle maintenance.