13 Potentially Expensive Auto Repairs That Are Easily Avoidable

We rely on our cars to get us to work, school, mom and dad’s house, Point A to Point B, and then some. And when they break, our world comes screeching to a halt. Not only are we without a car but saddled with costly repairs.


How much? $300 You’re driving along and a truck kicks a rock from the road onto your windshield and cracks it. A small crack may not have to be fixed if it isn’t a hazard but oftentimes small cracks will grow with cold temperatures.

New Tires

Whether you get a flat because of an object in the road or the treads of your tire have run bare, you cannot replace just one tire on your car as it will affect alignment.

Air Conditioner Compressor Replacement

How much? $500 There is nothing worse than when you lose your air conditioning on a hot summer’s day. A leading cause is a car’s air compressor.

New Brakes

How much? $500 If you hear your brakes squeaking, it’s your auto’s way of telling you it’s time to replace your brake pads, which can cost between $150 to $300. 

Brake Line Repairs

How much? $1,000 While both brakes and rotors are not an expense you want to come out of your budget, what you don’t want to have is a broken brake line. This is what delivers brake fluid to your brakes and it shouldn’t be patched and needs to be replaced at a hefty price tag.

Catalytic Converter Replacement

How much? $1,500 To help keep emissions from cars lower, they are outfitted with catalytic converters that, as you may guess, convert the bad air into safer air. But if it goes, so does $1,500.

Head Gasket Replacement

How much? $2,000 How do you know if you’ve blown your gasket? Steam comes out of the engine in the car and it’s what you see in movies when someone is on the side of the road with the hood up.

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