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How do you compare average auto maintenance costs?

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To compare average auto maintenance costs, use the True Cost to Own tool that's available on Edmunds.com to obtain maintenance cost information on multiple vehicles, as of 2015. The tool provides information on the average maintenance costs for the first five years owning the car, along with other costs related to the car. For the average cost of a specific repair, use an auto repair estimate tool, such as the tools on RepairPal.com or AutoMD.com.

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To use the True Cost to Own tool, visit the Edmunds.com home page and click True Cost to Own under the Used Cars heading. On the True Cost to Own page, select a vehicle make, model, year and style under the TCO Search heading, and then click Go. The page provides maintenance and repair costs for years one through five under the 5 Year Details heading.

True Cost to Own is useful for determining which vehicles provide more value over the first several years of ownership. The tool on Edmunds.com also factors in fuel, insurance, taxes and depreciation.

The auto repair estimate tools on RepairPal.com and AutoMD.com both require vehicle information, a repair service type and the user's location to provide repair estimates. Each tool then provides a price range for the repair, along with links to auto shops that can perform the repair. The tool on RepairPal.com breaks down the estimate into parts and labor, while the tool on AutoMD.com does not.

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