Study shows billions spent on routine maintenance

Study shows billions spent on routine maintenance

American consumers spent an estimated $21.9 billion on routine maintenance of their personal vehicles in 1998, or about $112 per car or light truck, according to Automotive Industry Status Report 1999–the comprehensive industry analysis produced by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). Routine maintenance includes tune-ups, oil changes, and replacement of headlamps, air filters, and batteries. The figure varied from vehicle to vehicle, said MEMA, depending on the age of the car or light truck.

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