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Repairs Not to Ignore Unless You Want a Ticket

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It’s no fun to take time out of your day to deal with vehicle repairs, especially repairs that don’t necessarily impact your ability to drive. That crack in your windshield doesn’t seem to be getting worse, right? And your exhaust system might be noisy, but cars are loud, right? Turns out, the repairs you’re willing to ignore shouldn’t be dismissed, unless you’re willing to deal with a possible ticket or fine.

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“Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to extra costs, such as fines or ‘fix-it’ tickets, if these problems are not taken care of when they arise,” according to Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In some jurisdictions, car owners may even lose their license for certain violations. A few dollars spent on simple vehicle repairs can help avoid trouble with the law.”

Not only could dismissing necessary repairs cost you in ticket fines, it can more importantly impact your driving safety as well as put other drivers at risk. To protect your safety and your budget, the Car Care Council stresses the necessity of repairing broken or burnt out taillights and headlights.

“If a taillight is cracked, it can give off a white light, which is also typically a traffic violation,” according to the Council.

Since visibility is of utmost importance, you need to fix any cracks to your windshield. Tinted windows could be against the law depending on where you live.

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According to the Council, an obstructed or not lit license plate will get the attention of a police officer and a boisterous exhaust can get you into trouble as well.

To protect your safety on the road and prevent costly tickets or fines, it’s best to handle fixes, even seemingly minor ones, as soon as possible.

News Source: Car Care Council