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90-Second Financial Fix

Cut the cost of car repairs in 90 seconds

About the author

Kelsey Hubbard is a freelance broadcast journalist based in Connecticut. She is a former host of ABC News’ Money Matters and was a longtime host and reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s daily video business news shows.

Car repairs can drain your wallet of cash as quickly as a mechanic drains your engine oil. 

Just ask the Australians, who spend A$78.4bn (US$69 bn) per year on their cars, while American families shell out an eye-popping $3,269 per year on expenses such as dealership maintenance, service station fixes and body shop repairs.

Yet keeping the cost of car repairs down is possible, even with today’s technologically sophisticated, digitally connected cars. With some new tools, you’ll find it’s just as easy to diagnose these cyber-style cars as it was to fiddle with the engine of older models. 

Click ‘play’ to learn how to save big — in 90 seconds.