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The Economics of Car Repairs

Repairs to your vehicle are sometimes more than you would like to pay for them. In many cases, if they are not absolutely critical to the functioning of your car, people choose to put them off. You might put them off because you don’t have the money at the moment, or because you think they’re just a waste of money. In some cases, there are cosmetic repairs that are not vital to your vehicle functioning properly. However, in most cases, repairs can actually save you money, which is even true of minor repairs.

Leaking Tires

It’s not uncommon for tires to get old and begin to leak air. In some cases, you might drive over something that punctures your tires. If you drive over a nail that gets stuck in the tire, it often seals up the puncture it creates and isn’t much of a problem. However, those types of punctures will begin to leak slowly as the rubber around them stretches and moves. Many people choose to fill up their tires with air every few days and avoid paying for tire repair or an all new tire altogether. Improperly inflated tires can cost you a considerable amount of money, though. When a tire is underinflated, it makes more contact with the road and squishes more than it should. That added resistance can increase the amount of power it takes to move your car forward. This might seem like a tiny amount, but over time, that decreased fuel efficiency will add up to a considerable amount of money, which will likely cost you more than the cost of a car service in Leicester.


A vehicle tune-up involves a professional mechanic looking over the many different parts of your car. The mechanic will adjust your fluid levels, test your spark plugs, and many other things that might seem minor. However, they can be expensive if you don’t fix them right away. For example, your spark plugs can rob you of fuel efficiency. Petrol is injected into the cylinder where it is ignited by the spark plug. If your spark plugs aren’t firing properly or if they’re not timed correctly, it can cause the petrol to not ignite fully, which means you’ll be getting less power out of your engine. Such a problem can lead to reduced fuel efficiency and reduced power.

Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner uses the power of your engine to turn the fan and to power the compressor to cool down the refrigerant. If the air conditioner is leaking refrigerant or if the fan is not turning properly, it could be pulling more than the usual amount of power from your engine. You can normally notice this issue if you are driving and turn on your air conditioner. There will be a shift in the sound and performance of your engine, but it shouldn’t be significant. If there’s a big change, it is drawing too much power from your engine. You’ll have to pay for that reduced performance with reduced fuel economy.

These are just a few of the ways minor problems can become expensive repairs.