Drivers put money into repairs to keep their cars on the road

October 24, 2011 12:00 AM

With the economy still tight, many drivers are hanging onto their older vehicles in an attempt to avoid taking on more costs, reports The Capital.

Cathy Kamosa of Annapolis, Maryland, told the news source that her son's used Ford F-150 was not exactly her first choice when it came to a vehicle. The 12-year-old car had more than 150,000 miles on the odometer, but it still ran. Thus, Kamosa put off the purchase of a new or used car in order to drive the F-150 for more than a year and a half.

"I just keep putting money away and hoping that it will cover the repairs," Kamosa told the news source. "After I pay the mortgage and all the other bills each month, there's really no money left over for a car payment."

Kamosa said she has spent more than $2,500 on auto repairs in order to keep the car on the road, but it was easier to do that then putting money down and making a payment on another vehicle. Eventually, she bought a used SUV from a private party when the costs of repair got too high.

Drivers who want their car to be around for awhile should keep to a strict car maintenance schedule. Taking a car in to a certified mechanic can help keep your vehicle running in tip-top shape.

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