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By Teri Cettina
Although you'd rather use your money on more interesting things, you're likely to spend a huge chunk of change maintaining and repairing your car. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), it now costs nearly $9,000 a year to drive an average-size sedan. And if you own a four-wheel-drive SUV, your annual expenses are more than $11,000. Photo credit: Getty Images
You can't control the roller-coaster costs of gas. And you have only a little wiggle room on insurance fees. But you can save big bucks on car maintenance and repairs. Here's how to keep your car in good running condition-without shelling out too much.
1. Maintain and prevent.
The number-one way to pay less on car repairs is to avoid them in the first place. Keep your ride in prime shape by following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. You'll find it in your car owner's manual (lost yours? find it on Edmunds.com), and service is usually suggested every 15,000Read More »from Cut Car Repair Costs!