Ricketts blasts proposed sales tax increase on car repairs


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is once again turning to the public to stop a bill that seeks to lower property taxes by raising other taxes and imposing a sales tax on services including car repairs.
Ricketts railed against the measure on Monday during an appearance at a Lincoln car repair shop one day before lawmakers are set to begin debate on it. He’s urging residents to contact their senator.
The measure would impose a half-cent sales tax increase and levy sales taxes on 29 services that are currently exempt, including haircuts, pop, bottled water, and professional lawn care.
Ian Oehm, who works at Norm’s Car Care, says the sales tax on car repairs will almost certainly raise the cost of maintenance on people who predominantly drive older, used cars. Having to pay for car repair work can become quite expensive. The good news is that often you can have your car repair work costs covered under your car warranty. This is especially true for new cars but you can also have it for used cars as well.
The cost of repair for the engine, engine block, transmission, clutch, axles and such can become extremely costly. If your car has a drive train or power train warranty on it, these car repair costs can be significantly reduced or completely paid for by the warranty. This will save you money in the long run.
Many auto warranty companies offer wear and tear car warranty for new cars and some limited amount of coverage for used cars. With the wear and tear car warranty, you can have items that are not covered on the drive train, power train or standard warranty repaired. For example, if you have electric windows for your car. The regular warranties will not cover the car repair costs to have the worn out motor replaced. However, if you have the wear and tear car warranty, you can get the motor for the electric window repaired for less because you only have to cover the deductible.
It is very frustrating to have a flat tire anywhere, let alone on a busy road. If you have roadside assistance then the repair cost for fixing the flat tire or even replacing the tire completely will be significantly lower than without any type of roadside warranty coverage.
A bumper-to-bumper car warranty can also save you expense on car repair requirements. While many people think that bumper-to-bumper means the entire car is covered this is a misconception. The majority of the car repairs problems will be covered but problems that resulted from wear and tear are not typically covered. The drive train or power train warranty only covers a small percentage of the car parts. Adding a bumper-to-bumper car warranty will help to reduce car repair costs for other sections of the auto. Maintaining your car by the car warranty requirements is the best way to prevent high car repair bills. If an auto is properly maintained, there is less overall wear and tear on the car which then results in fewer car repair problems. It is important to remember to check the transmission fluid, oil filter, oil levels and air pressure in the tires. Also, you will need to have the oil changed on a regular basis. This will make your car not only run more smoothly but will cut down on the overall car repair costs for the auto whether it is used or new.




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