Is routine car maintenance tax deductible?

I had to get quite a bit of car maintenance done about two weeks ago. To offset these costs, I wondered if I could write them off on my taxes.

Answer
“In most cases, car maintenance is not tax deductible. The only way that it would be tax deductible is if you use your vehicle for business purposes.
For example, if you drive to different job sites or locations while you’re on the clock, that would constitute business purposes for your vehicle. Or if you ran an ice cream van fleet, you could write off the maintenance.
Commuting or personal use doesn’t allow you to write off maintenance on your car. That, your maintenance may be covered by a used car warranty in some cases. Most of the time, you’re on the hook for paying your bill. It’s just one of the many common costs of car ownership, just like gas and car insurance.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 30, 2021
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