Routine maintenance expenses include oil changes, tune-ups, brake service, and replacing the tires, battery, windshield wipers, timing belt, and drive belts. These services vary in cost depending on the owner’s ability and vehicle. If you are able to perform many of these tasks yourself, you can save hundreds of dollars each year. Routine maintenance expenses should be included in your budget. The owner’s manual should have a maintenance section that identifies when to perform routine maintenance. If routine maintenance is ignored, it usually costs more money to fix as an unexpected repair and possible tow.