According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for motor vehicle maintenance and repair were 17.74% higher in 2020 versus 2012 (a $88.71 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2020: Car maintenance experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, car maintenance costing $500 in the year 2012 would cost $588.71 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.44% during this same period, inflation for car maintenance was higher.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 1.77%, which is below the average yearly change for car maintenance during the 2012-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for car maintenance was lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Motor vehicle maintenance and repair:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Car maintenance, over time, for $500 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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