What Repairs You Can Put Off and Which Should You Never Ignore

(Phoenix, Arizona)  With high gas prices and a sluggish economy, many people are putting off car repairs. In some cases, a $100 fix that’s ignored can put your safety at risk and end up costing thousands. According to a December 2011 Consumer Reports survey, 40 percent of people say they’re postponing car maintenance or repairs.

Automotive Expert Matt Allen sees it a lot, “When we have to fix catastrophic damage because the car’s been neglected, it’s even more expensive because now we’re replacing several parts, not just the one that originally needed maintenance.”

Allen has at least one customer who practices what Matt preaches. His car boasts 279,000 miles and it’s never broken down because he stays current on maintenance.  A trusted mechanic will explain what issues you should address right away and what can be delayed without compromising safety.

Car repairs you might be able to put off:

  • C.V. Boot
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Fuel Injection Cleaning
  • Some fluid flushed i.e. Power Steering

Car repairs you should never ignore due to safety and cost:

  • Brake pads
  • Oil change
  • Air filter
  • Transmission fuel leak
  • Burned out lights

Allen suggest that auto owners establish a relationship with a trusted auto mechanic before you need them and they can help you determine which auto repairs you should make a priority.

About Virginia Auto Service:
Virginia Auto Service has won numerous awards including Motor Age Magazine Top Shop, AZ Central’s Reader’s Choice for Best Auto Repair in Phoenix and the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Business of the Year for Response to Adversity. Owner, Matt Allen, has been an advisor on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Automotive Advisory committee since 2000 and served as the Chairman in 2008 and 2009. For more information visit www.virginiaautoservice.com.