Tips to help protect your vehicle and budget for car repairsBy Kijiji Autos
When shopping for your next vehicle, it's always a good idea to keep hidden costs in mind. Beyond the sticker price, the cost of car ownership includes things like gas, insurance, maintenance, repairs and depreciation. Before you buy, let's look at how much it can cost to maintain a car in Canada, how much you could budget for annual maintenance and repairs, and how to help protect your car against damage.
Average maintenance cost for a car in Canada
The average car maintenance cost varies depending on the make and model of your car, the vehicle's age and condition, and how much you drive. You can expect routine maintenance on a new car to run about $500 to $700 a year, while a 10-year-old vehicle could be in the $1400 to $1500 range. These averages do not include the cost of car repairs on common problems like paint chips, punctured tires, ripped upholstery or rust.
Budgeting for maintenance and repairs
Some experts recommend budgeting about $1200 to $2000 per year for car maintenance and repairs. Before buying a new or used car, it's a good idea to research annual maintenance costs using a driving cost calculator. Also, keep in mind that while car insurance does cover some repairs, putting in a claim on something small like a cracked windshield could lead to a higher premium.
Wondering who is responsible for repairs on a leased car? The person leasing the vehicle is responsible for all maintenance and repair costs during their lease term and may be required to pay for damage, extra mileage or wear-and-tear at the end of the lease.
Help save money by protecting your car
One of the ways to reduce the long-term cost of car maintenance and repairs is by adding protection products to your car deal. Car protection products can act as an extra layer of insurance on particular parts of your car, like the windshield or tires.
They can also be physical products applied to your vehicle's interior and exterior to prevent things like stains, weathering and rust. By protecting your car at the time of purchase, you may be able to avoid budget-busting bills in the future.
Available protection products
Car dealerships offer a wide array of protection products to help you keep your car in great condition and reduce the cost of unexpected repairs. Popular car protection products include Anti Rust, a high-quality rust-proofing product; Rock Guard, which covers the cost of windshield repair or replacement; VIN Etching, a theft deterrent where your vehicle's VIN is permanently engraved into the windshields and windows; and Lease Care, which helps you avoid expensive end-of-lease charges.
On Kijiji Autos, you can add protection products right to your car deal. As each dealership offers its own add-ons, available protection products will vary.
Benefits of adding a protection product to your car deal
Adding a protection product to your car deal on Kijiji Autos could save you time, money and stress. To start with, knowing that your bank account and your car are protected against qualifying road hazards and bad luck is great for your peace of mind.
As you can roll the cost right into your financing plan, paying a small amount monthly is easier to budget for than paying a large surprise repair bill. And by adding protection products to your deal from the comfort of your home, you save time normally spent in the dealership. You can complete all your paperwork online, giving you time to research and read the fine print without the hard sell.
Get your car hunt started today with Kijiji Autos.
Easily find your next ride on Kijiji AutosSearch now
7 items you can fit in an SUV: TVs, mattresses and more
Discover seven common items that fit in an SUV below.
Flat Tire vs Blowout: What's the Difference & What Should You Do?
The main difference between a flat tire and a blowout is that a blowout often feels like an explosion has occurred underneath your vehicle. Blowouts can cause sudden and drastic changes to the handling of your vehicle and can lead to minor or even serious accidents.
What is the value of undercoat protection on your vehicle?
When you buy a new vehicle, protecting it so that it lasts as long as possible is definitely top of mind, whether that's through security upgrades or an extra coat of paint. But how often do you consider the care and safety of your vehicle’s undercarriage?
The top three best paint protection options for your vehicle
Buying a new vehicle is a great experience. Nothing beats hitting the road in a car you bought fresh off the lot. However, as fun as it is to finally get behind the wheel of your new ride, it's important to take your time through the process.
Financial guide: post-pandemic car shopping and gas price hacks
With populations locked down and international borders closed the global supply chain has been disrupted on a massive scale, pushing up inflation around the world and raising the cost of everything that people need to get back to normal. Here are a few tips you can use to grab the vehicle you want without breaking the bank.
10 tips to help make the road a better and happier place
We have all, at some point, been responsible for making the roadways stressful in one way or another. Alternatively, we are all equally capable of making the road a happier place. Let’s explore 10 unique ways we can help make the driving experience better again, for everyone's sake.
10 eco-driving tips that can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint
With rising gas prices, carbon taxes on fuel and concerns about climate change, many Canadians are wondering how to save gas when driving. Experts recommend adopting eco-driving techniques that can help you save money and fuel. Read on to discover 10 of them:
10 great road trips in Canada
Living in one of the biggest countries in the world, it's pretty common to hear the open road calling. From the Rocky Mountains to the Gentle Island, the Great Lakes to the Badlands, grab your favourite gas station snacks, press play on your driving playlist and hit the road.
Tips to budget for car maintenance costs
Vehicle ownership requires more than the ability to operate a car; it requires a keen sense of budgeting and maintenance. Kijiji Autos helps you understand and prepare for the average cost of car maintenance to keep you ahead on the finances and your car driving on the road.
What to consider if you have noisy brakes
One of the most common signs that a vehicle requires an inspection is squeaky brakes or excessive noise when braking. If you notice your vehicle’s brakes squealing, the problems can range from minor to significant issues.