According to the American Automobile Association, one third of drivers in the U.S. cannot pay for an unforeseen vehicle repair without going into debt.
AAA says the average trip to the shop will set you back between $500 and $600. So, what does that mean for the 64 million American drivers who can’t afford an unexpected repair bill?
8,000 trouble-free miles ended in early April when our 2015 Honda Odyssey EX began squeaking, squawking, and groaning.
An intermittent rattle in the glovebox this was not. The noise was growing worse by the day. Sounding like a flexing structure when turning into an uneven parking lot entry, like a handful of golf balls bouncing around together when traversing a rougher section of road at very low speed, and like a dying crow in nearly every other circumstance, our Odyssey went from refined to cacophonous in a matter of days.
All blame was laid at the feet of our minivan’s power sliding doors, large apparatuses responsible for shuttering two vast orifices in the sides of a 17-foot-long pod that lacks the inherent structural rigidity of a traditional three-box saloon car.
I was in contact with Mark Stevenson regarding my terrible, and unfortunately pretty common situation. I am post DUI (sadly not my first), but have quit drinking and am well on the road to recovery. I live in a city that does not have transit that will get me to work on time and therefore require a car to get there.
Should they be done every 3000 miles? 5000 miles? 10,000 miles?
Or should you pay a premium and go for that ultra-long marathon of 15,000 miles with the right oil and filter combination?
Those of us who drive our cars for quite a while are usually focused on mileage above all else. But what about those vehicles that we rarely drive?
Should the Sunday drivers and infrequent haulers of rubbish be given the same regimen?
What about using time as a yardstick instead? 6 months… 1 year… 2 years?
Everyone thinks the answer is different. But for most vehicles, it’s the same.