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Rate Of U.S. Unperformed Maintenance Grew Nearly 15% In 2010

The rate of unperformed and underperformed maintenance in the United States increased 14.8 percent to $62 billion in 2010, according to the AASA Automotive Aftermarket Status Report 2012. The association attributed the $8-million year-over-year difference to tight household budgets and high unemployment causing vehicle owners to defer maintenance and repairs unless otherwise unavoidable. AASA contends that, if consumers performed all of the maintenance recommended to keep their vehicles safe, reliable and running efficiently, the aftermarket could have totaled $245 billion.