10 Easy Cars to Maintain and Repair

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These Cars Make Service Easy

Cars are simply not as easy to work on as they used to be. They're generally more reliable, last longer, and have longer periods between service intervals, but eventually, every car will need maintenance or repairs. Some vehicles are easier to work on than others, though. 

The increasing complexity makes it more of a challenge for car buyers who are looking for vehicles they can work on themselves. “The routine maintenance, you can pretty much still do on most cars,” says Michael Calkins, Manager of Technical Services for AAA. “Beyond that, it has become increasingly more difficult.” 

Calkins notes that service intervals on modern cars require more than just an oil change. “If you look at the schedules, there’s a whole lot more stuff that needs to be inspected,” he says. Some maintenance tasks, such as inspecting or changing filters, are easy, while others are more complicated. 

Newer cars feature sophisticated electronic engine management systems, complex safety technologies, and advanced driver assistance systems that require special equipment, diagnostic tools, and expertise that most car owners don’t have.

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