Trade it or keep it?
The Smart Money is on Quality Maintenance and Repair

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People get emotional about their buying decisions, and the folks who sell cars know it. At RT Clapp, we can't offer much of an emotional argument for what we do, except to remind you that maintaining a SAFE vehicle protects your family and is also a rational decision.

So allow us to expand on the rational argument:

Maintaining and repairing your vehicle instead of replacing it is usually your most economical choice.

Click on the pie chart and take a look at the numbers. The largest expense in operating a typical vehicle is depreciation. Yet the longer you keep a vehicle, the less depreciation plays a factor. In other words, when a vehicle is paid for, depreciation is nearly nothing.

That leads us to the next point.

For the average U.S. passenger vehicle, the cost of a car loan is around 10% of the annual operating cost. Want to reduce a major expense by 10%? Just keep your vehicle for a few years after you make the final payment.

A well-maintained vehicle with repairs made when they are needed provides you and your family safe, dependable and economical transportation.

A proposed expensive repair may lead a customer to look for another vehicle, but getting the repair often costs thousands of dollars less than replacing the vehicle.

We can help you lower your transportation costs. And to keep you from falling victim to the car dealer's emotional appeal, just ask and we'll spray a little "new car smell" air freshener in your vehicle.

Source for data: AAA 2016 "Your Driving Costs"




Serving East Tennessee
For Over 100 Years!
60 Years in Oak Ridge!

  • Serving East Tennessee Since 1914
  • Serving Oak Ridge Since 1957
  • Family Owned and Operated
  • Quality Service at Affordable Prices
  • ASE Certified Technicians
  • Authorized AC-Delco Master Tech Center
  • Complete Auto Repair & Service on Domestic and Import Vehicles
  • 12 Month 12,000 Mile Warranty on Most Services
  • Automobile Service Association Member
  • Chamber of Commerce Member

Serving Oak Ridge for
over 60 years!

1025 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Ph 865-482-2428

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