With gas prices at record highs and the U.S. economy in a slump, Americans are skimping on car repairs. The Los Angeles Times reports, "Budget-minded vehicle owners are increasingly delaying maintenance on their cars and light trucks, industry experts report. They're driving longer between oil changes, putting off scheduled part replacements and opting for minor 'make do' repairs when more extensive -- and expensive -- work is called for."
Some are hurt worse than others. In calculating the cost of owning a car, monthly payments and gas mileage matter. But just as important, and often overlooked, is the cost of car repairs. Forbes has published its list of the most expensive cars to repair, and the results have never mattered more than they do now.
Forbes explains, "To determine the average amount consumers might pay to keep their new cars in operating condition, we used 2008 repair estimates calculated over a five-year period by Vincentric, an auto-industry data-analysis company. Vincentric looks at the cost of zero-deductible, bumper-to-bumper extended-warranty claims to calculate the average cost owners can expect to pay for repairs." The list does not factor in routine maintenance issues.
See the Forbes slideshow for the full list. Ten European cars and nine America cars made the list, with only the Subaru Impreza representing the Asian brands. GM led major manufacturers with four cars winning the dubious honor. At the top of the list are the Audi A8 sedan and Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV, which each had a projected five-year repair cost of $1,640.
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