Service Contracts Become More Necessary as Consumers Keep Cars Longer, Car Repair Prices Rise

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., SEPT. 11, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — In the aftermath of the Great Recession, American motorists are hanging onto their cars longer – and with the rising cost of repairs to keep those vehicles on the road, the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) says there’s never been more reason to get a service contract and dramatically reduce repair costs.

According to an analysis released earlier this month by the automotive research group Polk, consumers on average now keep their cars a record 11.4 years, up 15 percent since 2007. At the same time, a separate report from the car repair site CarMD says car repair costs rose 10 percent last year.

“Most of us want to do everything we can to hang onto our cars as long as possible, but the rising cost of repairs makes this increasingly difficult,” said Timothy Meenan, SCIC executive director. “The upkeep of an older car can get expensive quickly, but extended coverage through a service contract helps keep a car running longer without so many pricey repair bills.”

The most common car components needing repair include the electrical…

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