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The auto-parts shopping-comparison Web site FrugalMechanic.com has released an Auto Parts Pricing Index report that includes hundreds of models and helps show what a significant role parts cost can have in longer-term vehicle ownership.
FrugalMechanic, which helps power the auto parts shopping functions on High Gear Media sites including TheCarConnection.com, looked at six different parts that are commonly replaced as part of routine or major maintenance: air filter, brake disc, a set of brake pads, oxygen sensor, oil filter, and a spark plug, factoring in prices from more than 100 online retailers like JCWhitney.com and even Amazon.com. When all the numbers were crunched, the company found a very wide variance between models.
Over just a few service visits, it really adds up
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