Do cars break down a lot?

I just got my first car. Bought it myself. I don’t really know anything about how to take care of it though. Do cars break down often?

Patrick Price · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The short answer is yes. While new cars last longer and require less maintenance, on average, than old cars, it is still extremely common for cars to break down.
On average, about 70 million cars break down in the United States every year. In total, that ends up costing car owners over $40 billion each year.
In order to avoid breaking down, you’ll need to stay up-to-date on all your car’s routine maintenance needs. And, if it does break down, you’ll need to have good car insurance to cover the resulting expenses.
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