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(PHOENIX)– New research reveals the full costs of owning a newer car. And while it may surprise you, it doesn’t surprise your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO). Every day, they advise consumers on how to keep their cars running longer while minimizing expenses.

According to AAA, the average cost of vehicle ownership is $9,282 a year, or $773.50 a month. New cars have gotten more expensive, interest rates have increased and many consumers are taking out 60 and 72-month loans. Plus, a new vehicle loses more than thirty percent of its value the first year.

With proper maintenance, many cars can safely and reliably make it to 200,000 miles. If you want to avoid the financial burden of new car ownership, consider this advice from certified Valley mechanics:

Pay attention to your car

  • If a warning light popped on, note it. Along with unusual sounds or smells.

Details can help your mechanic fine-tune their diagnosis and save you money.

Be curious

  • Keep asking questions until you understand what needs to be fixed.
  • A good shop will help you understand how parts work together.
  • Ask to see the problem. If your timing belt needs replaced, have the mechanic show you the belt. They will be glad to show you any parts they replaced.

Develop a relationship 

  • Think beyond the current maintenance appointment or repair. 
  • Long-term relationships with a reputable repair shop can build trust and help you avoid headaches down the road.
  • Having your vehicle’s history will help a mechanic provide a road map for future repairs, which can help you plan.
  • You and your shop will have a history of what has been done and what has been recommended. This is an essential component of maintenance & management.

Focus on maintenance

  • If you don’t want to review your owner’s manual, ask a reputable repair shop to provide recommended major service intervals for your car.
  • Preventive care and maintenance will extend the life of your car and ultimately save you big bucks. It’s almost always cheaper to take care of your can than buy a new one.
  • Maintenance allows you to keep the vehicle longer and sell it for more.

NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals): The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.