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Spend Your Tax Refund on One of Your Biggest Investments: Maintaining Present Vehicle May Be Key to Long-Term Financial Happiness

May 11, 2009

How will you spend your tax refund? Flat-screen TV? IPod? Clothes? The Car Care Council has a better idea for your money: spend it on your second biggest investment, your car.

'Whether it's an oil change, replacing brakes or new belts and hoses, that periodic repair bill is a drop in the bucket compared to monthly payments on a new car,' said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. 'The bottom line is that a properly maintained vehicle is safer, more dependable, more fuel efficient, less polluting and more valuable. The smartest way to get a solid return on investment is to keep your car through what we call the 'Cinderella Era'. It's that period of time after the payoff when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs.'

The Car Care Council estimates that more than $62 billion in vehicle maintenance and repair is not performed every year, evidence that there is considerably more that consumers should be doing to protect their automotive investment.

'We advise our clients that if they want a 10-percent increase on their investments every year they need to cut down on their expenses,' said Terry Mulcahy, vice president of investments for R.W. Baird in Mequon, Wis. 'A new automobile is for most people their second biggest investment next to a home, so a great way to save money and increase financial assets is to hang onto their current vehicle rather than buy a new one every few years. Budgeting for and doing preventative maintenance on your car is one of the best ways to cut your costs and keep your car.'
 
Car Care Council
'Be Car Care Aware' is a consumer education campaign about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. An integrated marketing and public relations campaign will build awareness and knowledge to prepare consumers to make sensible decisions about their vehicles. Built around three key message areas of safety, dependability and pride of ownership, the campaign is spearheaded by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), with the Car Care Council serving as the brand and messaging source.


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