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Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Fix Today

Small repairs can turn costly when ignored (via Consumer Reports)

By Joshua Condon Aug 26, 2009 1:28PM

I’ve had this annoying problem with my car – a clunking rattle and slow acceleration when shifting from second to third gear – that I’ve put off having looked at for a while. But after reading this article from Consumer Reports, I think I’m going to have someone investigate ASAP.

 

The advice (keep regular maintenance appointments and don’t put off getting small problems fixed) is nothing a car owner doesn’t already know. On the other hand, I bet most of us are guilty of ignoring one or both on occasion. The real world, worst-case scenarios they outline are pretty sobering, too: A $6,000 engine replacement instead of an oil change for 30 bucks? I need to make an appointment with my mechanic. Like, right now.

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