But where we really pay is in the form of loss of the vehicle itself. Of throwing away otherwise fixable cars and being placed in the position of having to buy a usually more expensive replacement.
And with so many aging air bag-equipped vehicles still on the road, it is a cost more and more people are going to be facing in the years ahead.
"The top 5 reasons your check engine lights on are easy to fix yourself". The O2 sensor and four others.
"8 Auto Repairs That Save Big Bucks In the Long Haul". The O2 sensor and seven others.