Now that we are starting to look into our summer car maintenance costs, most of us never seem to take this into consideration when we chose a certain make. With money still being tight and fuel being high (although there has been a small decrease in the price of gas) we have to consider all of the factors before making that choice.
Drivers are now keeping their cars much longer for various reasons, and you should factor in the cost of how much it will be to run. So do not just look at what your miles per gallon will be compared to how much the vehicle cost is the first place. Always remember to factor in how much your maintenance bill will be as well.
Now you might get a car that is very cheap to run, such as the Nissan Leaf or even the Chevy Volt, but do we know how much they will cost to have them maintained? One would presume that they would be expensive, as there is so much new technology and not all auto repair shops will be equipped for them.
This would mean that you will have to take it to a main dealer — and we all know how expensive they can be. Please remember try not to cut corners and do the maintenance yourself, if you don not have a full history for your car then this will have a huge impact on the cars resale value.