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"When consumers fail to properly maintain their vehicles, the resulting repair costs dwarf the money that could have been budgeted to maintain their car," said Art Jacobsen, vice president of CarMD.com. (Credit: AP)

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Car care mistakes that do the most damage

There's nothing quite like the nagging feeling that creeps up on car owners when they first notice an issue with their vehicle.

Be it a squeaky belt, a slightly slippery brake, a just off-centered alignment or, of course, the dreaded check engine light, the reaction is nearly universal: "The car is driving just fine, maybe it's just a temporary thing." But even when the problem doesn't subside in a few days, drivers keep a stubborn grip. Most continue to use the vehicle despite being well aware that the longer they ignore the problem the more likely they'll eventually be faced with a costly repair.

With that in mind, the makers of CarMD - a device that plugs into your car then transfers a detailed report of any lingering problems to a personal computer - surveyed their staff of ASE-certified technicians for a list of 10 issues that result in the costliest repairs.


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