I had to take my 12 year old car in for maintenance this weekend and boy it was expensive, to the tune of $1,302. I had an oil change, new spark plugs, rotation, all sorts of fluids flushed, etc. Don't let anyone ever tell you that aging cars are not expensive to maintain. Vehicles are costly little buggers. However, I looked through my old service records and I don't think I've ever had the spark plugs replaced on that vehicle (which now has over 120,000 miles on it).
I plan to pay for the maintenance/repair work out my 4/1518 paycheck which means less will go towards retirement than planned. I'm okay with that though, because I'd rather have one expensive car repair/maintenance bill a year over $6,000 in new car payments for the year. I'm off to work. Have a great Tuesday!