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Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mojave » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:36 pm

Curious to hear what others car repair/parts expenses were last year, excluding oil changes. Ours were....much higher than I thought but we also had to get my husband a new set of truck tires and replace his suspension for the first time in 160k miles. So, I'm thinking it normally will be at least half that (my high estimate would be to have $2k budgeted for the year just in case).

I am wondering because my Santa Fe is at 112k, his Dodge Ram 1500 is at 160k. We got him a commuter car last year so he is not using the truck nearly as much (but he still needs it), so repairs and maintenance for him will go down significantly. We're pretty DIY with our repairs except for anything dangerous or that we would need a lift for. My vehicle is still in great shape but as its mileage creeps higher, the more nervous I get - I'm hoping to get another three years out of it.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by sport » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:57 pm

I have two low mileage Camrys, a 2010 and a 2013. Repair cost during the year was -0-. I just have them change the oil, filter, and do routine maintenance.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Quickfoot » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:57 pm

$0. We have three vehicles, a 2012 Jetta TDI, 2014 Edge and 2004 Dodge Ram and none required repair. 2013 was about $1500 on the truck ($800 for tires and $700 for brakes and rotors). We normally lease new vehicles every 3 years so have essentially no maintenance expense and don't have to buy tires.
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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mhc » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:59 pm

2004 Honda CRV - $0 for repairs and parts

In the eleven years of ownership, I have only had two repairs for a total of $300. One was a capacitor, the other was a solenoid.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by 123 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:04 pm

A 12 year-old Corolla needed new tires (Costco $450), a replacement radio due to theft (DIY install free, used radio $50), replacement of power window motor (shop $250). The tires were still okay but were approaching their 10th anniversary. The prior year the front brakes had to be replaced for $170. The last 5 years repairs have averaged about $300 or less average. I avoid the dealer and use another auto shop if possible. We're happy with it.
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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mojave » Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:14 pm

FWIW I'm including everything in my calculations except oil changes - air filters, batteries (forgot I had to get a new one too, what a year for car expenses), wiper blades, tire rotations - plus the expensive repairs and tires. I'm excluding oil changes because they can't be avoided, are frequent and I can easily exclude them from my sum.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by likegarden » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:36 pm

We have a 2013 Toyota Camry. We noticed that the trunk is much higher than on the previous car, so we had installed a rear view camera above the rear license plate. When selecting the reverse gear, after 2 secs a video shows the area behind the car on the screen on the dash = $520 installed in 2 hours. We also noticed now that the windows of this Camry have no tint - getting tinted film installed on all windows around $250, might do that next.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Clever_Username » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:02 am

I spent about $1800 on car repairs (2006 Mazda 3) in 2014. However, not all of these are annual expenses; among other things, brakes. I'll post an itemized list if you want.
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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by killjoy2012 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:14 am

OP - What are you trying to learn from this post? With cars of varying ages, people living in different regions of the country, and being driven various # of miles per year, I'm not sure what the point is... other than to hear stories. Even for the same year, make and model car --- you could have complete opposite stories from someone who drives 20k+ miles/year in the midwest/NE (snow, salt, potholes) vs. the same car driven by someone else who is retired and drives < 5k miles/year in the SW or west coast.

Not trying to be difficult, but I don't see how you can draw conclusions from this post.

PS. my Ferrari 458 needed 0 repairs last year.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mnsportsgeek » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:20 pm

How do you guys go entire years without a single repair? I find that incredible. No brakes? Tires? Transmission fluid? Coolant? Serpentine belts? Random suspension components that wear out? Nothing? I can't even fathom.

Maybe the MN winters are harder on cars than I thought.
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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mojave » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:21 pm

I'm trying to figure out if our expenses last year were way out of the norm or not.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by velillen » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:56 pm

My commuter car (2002 ford focus) is the only car that really had maintenance costs. Needed a new tire (had a flat) which was ~100 bucks (thanks to warranty on old tire) and then a new battery which was another 100 or so. Plus the A/C unit was going out so had to replace that (~300). On top of all that I had a minor accident with a rock in my driveway (don't ask) which bent the rear suspension and cost ~1000 to fix. So a bit of an expensive year compared to normal (less than a hundred normally) but still not THAT bad minus my own dang fault (the suspension).

My truck (2011 Tacoma) maintenance wise hasn't been anything besides oil changes. It did have the battery die but that was covered by warranty.
mnsportsgeek wrote:How do you guys go entire years without a single repair? I find that incredible. No brakes? Tires? Transmission fluid? Coolant? Serpentine belts? Random suspension components that wear out? Nothing? I can't even fathom.

Maybe the MN winters are harder on cars than I thought.
Ive had plenty of years without a single repair. Fluids and coolants get checked every oil change or before long trips. I don't factor their cost into anything as I keep it on hand. Other than fluids and oil changes I don't have costs year to ear for the most part.

But there is also tons of factors. How much you drive the car, where its driven, ect. My car and truck are stored in a garage. My car only gets ~5000-6000 miles a year. My truck sees under 5k usually. SO my truck basically goes from the garage to whatever im doing with it (camping, off-roading, going skiing, ect) and then back into the garage. The car goes from garage to the store or parking lot and back. (my commute is all of 10 miles a day)

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Sheepdog » Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:14 pm

(not including tire rotation , oil change, oil filter, or wiper blades)
2010 Ford Edge
2014 $0
2013 $0

2007 Mercury Montego
2014 $0
2013 Tires $556, Brakes $325
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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mmmodem » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:11 pm

We didn't have any unexpected repairs last year so our costs were $13 for one headlight bulb, $12 for a pair of wiper blades and $200 for a pair of tires. We expect to purchase another pair of tires for the Sonata this year and 1 wiper blade for me.

2006 Honda Civic 170k miles
2009 Hyundai Sonata 45k miles
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In 63k miles

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Traveller » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:14 pm

Not counting oil changes:

2010 fusion hybrid -125k miles: $18.00 (wiper blades)
2004 Toyota sienna - 165k miles: $500.00 (tires)
2006 pt cruiser (kids car) - 62k miles: $9.00 (tube of touch up paint)

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Traveller » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:19 pm

mnsportsgeek wrote:How do you guys go entire years without a single repair? I find that incredible. No brakes? Tires? Transmission fluid? Coolant? Serpentine belts? Random suspension components that wear out? Nothing? I can't even fathom.

Maybe the MN winters are harder on cars than I thought.
One advantage of hybrids (at least mine) is less wear on the engine since it isn't running as often or as hard when it does run due to the electric motors. Braking usually recharges the battery rather than use physical brakes so those last longer (I'm actually still on the original brake pads with 125k miles)!! CVT transmission is service free and sealed for life. Oil changes every 10k miles. So far this has been the lowest cost of maintenance vehicle I've ever had (by far).

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by tim1999 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:56 pm

2014 was a lucky year. For 2 cars, my only maintenance expense beyond oil changes and state inspection was $150 for a new tire on one of the cars. It got a nail in the sidewall and could not be repaired. 2013 was much worse ($1,000+) due to a few unexpected repairs plus some costlier scheduled maintenance.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by FRANK2009 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:58 pm

Let's see...Brakes and rotors all around,plugs,coolant, transmission drain and fill, wiper blades. I enjoy doing this stuff so no labor cost. Spent about $225 if i had to guess.

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Post by WHL » Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:03 pm

I did every maintenance item possible on my 2005 Chevy truck during the period April-June 2014. Total cost was somewhere around 3 grand, I'm not really sure and I don't really care. That's just parts and a few tools - labor is all on me.

I won't have another major expense on this truck during the remainder of its life.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by mojave » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:25 pm

WHL wrote:I did every maintenance item possible on my 2005 Chevy truck during the period April-June 2014. Total cost was somewhere around 3 grand, I'm not really sure and I don't really care. That's just parts and a few tools - labor is all on me.

I won't have another major expense on this truck during the remainder of its life.
How many miles does yours have? I know nothing about how long trucks should last with decent care. My husbands Ram has been pretty good so far, except last year but it was all normal stuff.

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Post by BostonBoy » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:51 pm

2002 Mazda Miata
Oil Change - $24.45
Rotate and balance tires - no charge at Discount Tire
Oil change and A.C. charge - $125.94

2011 Honda Accord
Oil change $24.69
Rotate tires - no charge at Discount Tire

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by bottlecap » Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:51 pm

Getting three cars instead of 2 will likely increase car repairs. Not running a vehicle isn't great for it, either, and just having an extra car will up your chances. In any event, I think your fear is overblown. A well maintained vehicle of a reliable brand is not much more likely to need a big repair than any other car. Granted, stuff wears out, but newer cars can also have problems.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by kite_rider » Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:20 pm

2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI: $0 (same since new! Paid $55 for a new cabin air filter and fuel filter at the 40K service - installed myself, but this was year before last. Only oil changes other than that.)
1999 VW Eurovan Camper: $136 for a rebuilt alternator. Went out on a trip to Baja, but fixed myself at my inlaws driveway in LA.
1996 Toyota 4Runner: $67 for new back shocks from RockAuto. Again, installed myself.

DIY saves a lot with auto repair.

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Nyc1967 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:21 am

I have a question - not to change up this thread, but those who buy new cars do you do the maintenance schedule that the dealers recommend?

For example - I have a 2012 Subaru forester - purchaes in July 12 - I use synthetic oil, I have about 21,000 miles on it and just did the 15,000 mile maintenance that they recommend - cost me almost $400 - this includes oil and filter changes - tire rotation and a bunch of other stuff - I had it done at the dealer -

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by carolinaman » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:15 am

$1,400 for 2007 Toyota Avalon with 115k miles which includes tires for $800. I expect this to increase as the car ages. Avalons are more expensive to repair than most Toyotas. Other car is 2014 Camry still under warranty.

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Post by WHL » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:30 am

mojave wrote:
WHL wrote:I did every maintenance item possible on my 2005 Chevy truck during the period April-June 2014. Total cost was somewhere around 3 grand, I'm not really sure and I don't really care. That's just parts and a few tools - labor is all on me.

I won't have another major expense on this truck during the remainder of its life.
How many miles does yours have? I know nothing about how long trucks should last with decent care. My husbands Ram has been pretty good so far, except last year but it was all normal stuff.
172k or so. Still runs great. Obviously doesn't have the creature comforts of a brand new truck but hey, it's paid for, and that's all I care about.

I still take it on cross country trips and have no reservations about doing so.

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Post by WHL » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:32 am

Nyc1967 wrote:I have a question - not to change up this thread, but those who buy new cars do you do the maintenance schedule that the dealers recommend?

For example - I have a 2012 Subaru forester - purchaes in July 12 - I use synthetic oil, I have about 21,000 miles on it and just did the 15,000 mile maintenance that they recommend - cost me almost $400 - this includes oil and filter changes - tire rotation and a bunch of other stuff - I had it done at the dealer -
No, when my truck was new, I didn't follow their maintenance schedule. I did items as needed (brakes) and preventative maintenance when I felt it was necessary (coolant flush, rotors, calipers, etc.).

I also have not had one piece of work done at a GM dealer that wasn't warranty work. Talk about a good way to waste money...

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Post by poker27 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:48 am

2007 Mazdaspeed 6, I probably only put on 2k miles, just oil changes
2011 Hyundai Sonata, Just routine stuff, and the gf got in a fender bender. So closer to $2k

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Re: Your car repair/parts expenses for 2014

Post by Aptenodytes » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:57 am

Not a good year for my 2008 Volvo S60 with about 90K miles. Replace struts; replace brakes; replace tires; $2900.

Last year was $500.

As the car ages the costs trend upwards and become more volatile.

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Post by midareff » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:57 am

Two tires (front) as one had bubbled at 12K miles. Two years of pre-paid maintenance and warranty coverage remain. I'll check the rear's tread depth and decide if I want to change them out in May, just before the start of the rainy season. Hard to foresee anything else other than the possibility of a set of wiper blades. Next year's PM is covered and it will be a trade or keep decision at the end of the warranty period.

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