It's costing you more and more at the gas pumps. The latest numbers show an average gallon of regular gas costs $3.84.
One local auto shop says it's noticed its customers cutting back on other services.
Workers say expensive gas isn't an excuse to not take care of your car.
Consumers are reportedly cutting back on preventative care, transmission fluid, tire rotation and even oil changes.
Drivers are supposed to change the oil every 3,000 miles, but they've recently been coming in only ever 4,000 or 5,000 miles.
"They let their air filters go, they don't change out their transmission fluid," says Amber Dearing, who works at Lawson's Auto Repair Shop in Elkton. "You're talking about spending $2,000 for a transmission. Once the fluid starts getting to the point where it's going to slip, it's past the point of no return."
She says Lawson's Auto Repair has turned to Facebook to help stay in touch with their customers.
Dearing says they don't want to see drivers skip out on important things, like oil changes, because they think they can't afford them now.
Lawson's isn't the only auto shop on Facebook. Several auto shops in the Valley are turning to Facebook as a way to stay in touch with customers they see only every couple months.
"They check Facebook on a daily basis," says Dearing. "It's an easy way for us to connect with our customers and give them a discount. It's a simple way."
Dearing says it's just common sense for many auto shops to offer specials on preventative care. Otherwise, their customers will just neglect the upkeep of their vehicles in order to save some money.
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