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Ricketts blasts proposed sales tax increase on car repairs

Ricketts blasts proposed sales tax increase on car repairs 1

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is 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 began debating it. He’s urging residents to contact their senators. The measure would impose a half-cent sales tax increase and levy sales taxes on 29 exempt services, 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 vehicles. The repair cost 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, the deposit can significantly reduce or completely pay these car repair costs. This will save you money in the long run.

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Many auto warranty companies offer wear-and-tear car warranty for new cars and limited coverage for used vehicles. With the wear and tear car warranty, you can have items 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 replace the worn-out motor. However, if you have the wear and tear car warranty, you can get the engine for the electric window repaired for less because you only have to cover the deductible.

Having a flat tire anywhere, let alone on a busy road, is very frustrating. If you have roadside assistance, the repair cost for fixing the flat tire or replacing the tire completely will be significantly lower than without any roadside warranty coverage. A bumper-to-bumper car warranty can also save you expenses on car repair requirements. While many think that bumper-to-bumper means the entire car is covered, this is a misconception. Most repair problems will be covered, but issues that resulting wear and tear are not typically covered.

The drive or power train warranty only covers a small percentage of the car parts. Adding a bumper-to-bumper car warranty will help reduce car repair costs for other auto sections. Maintaining your car by the car warranty requirements is the best way to prevent high car repair bills. If an automobile is properly maintained, the vehicle has less overall wear and tear, resulting 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 regularly. This will make your car run more smoothly and reduce the overall car repair costs for the auto, whether used or new.