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Guide to car maintenance

Last updated: May 2014

Maintaining your car

Proper, routine car maintenance is vital to avoid major repair bills and keep your vehicle running reliably for many years. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a trained mechanic, our advice and tools will empower you to go the distance and save money along the way.

Learn about common problems and get car repair estimates with our Car Repair Guide.

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