I live in California and I have a rental house in Washington State. I claim the rental as income and have been paying taxes on it. Last year, I drove from California to Washington State to check on my rental (change smoke detectors and whatnot). On my way back, on I5 freeway in Oregon, my car blew the engine. All in all with shipping the car back home and engine replacement, it came out to $7000 worth of repairs to have my car running again.
Can I deduct that cost -- or any part of it -- from my taxes this year?