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.
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. If you don’t have car insurance, replacing a windshield can average $300.
12. 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. The cheapest tire replacement will be for two tires, with tires ranging anywhere from $50 to $300 apiece. If you need all four replaced, your budget will take a hit.
11. Air Conditioner Compressor Replacement
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. This little beauty pumps Freon into your car to keep it cool but if any part of the compressor stops working, you’ll need to replace it at the cost of around $500.
10. New Brakes
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. If you don’t take the car in, the pads could fully erode and require new rotors, which can cost $350 to $500 – on top of new pads.