Trying to save money by not maintaining your car? It will cost you more in the long run.

When money is tight and tough budgeting decisions need to be made, you might be considering putting off car maintenance. It seems to be a logical option if your car isn't in need of any critical repairs. But you should be aware that by putting off routine maintenance, you may cause yourself more problems in the long run.

Experts say that failing to properly maintain a car reduces the car's life span. It can also be the cause of much more expensive repairs down the road. Here are a few of the things that are budget-busters waiting to happen if you're not careful: