Times are tough, and according to AAA, the economic slump is putting car repairs in the back seat of many people's priorities.
A survey, just released by AAA Mid-Atlantic, asked respondents whether or not they would be able to pay for a car repair of $2,000 if it was needed.
About 25% of those surveyed said no, and one in eight people said they wouldn't even be able to afford to pay for a repair of half that amount.
AAA's Manager of Public and Government Affairs for the Mid-Atlantic region points out that those statistics are even more worrisome when you consider that most people rely on their cars to get to work and make a living.
AAA recommends paying special attention to the following maintenance issues so they don't become more expensive problems.
Fluids - Engine oil levels should be checked at least once a month
Air Filter - Look at your air filter everytime you change your oil
Belts - Check belts during every oil change and make sure to replace them if you see cracking
Hoses - Check for leaks every time you get an oil change
Battery - Battery cable connections should be checked at every oil change and cleaned
Tires - Check tire tread and inflation to avoid flat tires