How to Save Money on Car Repairs
When you buy a car, repairs are inevitable at some point.
The older your car gets, the more repairs you will be responsible for. However,
when you buy a used car, this can be a worrisome prospect. You never know
exactly what you are getting into when you buy a used car. There are a few
things you can do to ensure that the car you buy is in as good of condition as
possible. Plus, if you do need to perform repairs, there are things you can do
to keep the costs minimal. Here are a few things you can do to help save
yourself some money on the car repairs you will inevitably face.
Perform All Scheduled Maintenance
When you get a car, the first thing you should do is to read
through the owner’s manual. Once you get a feel for when you should perform the
maintenance, set up a schedule. You want to mark down when each task should be
done, and then stick to it. By preventing problems, you reduce what you will
have to spend on repairs.
Ask People You Trust
If you ask around for a good mechanic from people you trust,
then you are more likely to get a good mechanic who is not going to gouge you
in terms of prices. Find a good mechanic and turn to them with all of your
repairs. This will save you money by knowing that you can have some you trust
working on your vehicle. Plus, if you always go to the same mechanic, they will
be more likely to notice problems early, saving you money by not letting
problems get worse.
Talk to Your Mechanic About Duplicate Problems
When you are already looking at getting something fixed up with
your car, talk with your mechanic about any other problems that may need
addressing in that same area. For example, if you need to have the tire taken
off to get to a part under the engine, you may want your mechanic to look at
the brakes at the same time. That way, you do not pay double to have the same
steps done. While you would be paying more now, it would still be saving you
money. That is because you are going to pay for the labor of removing the tire
now, and again in the future, should you choose to wait for the second repair.
Buy the Parts Yourself and Bring Them to Your Mechanic
One of the best ways of cutting down on how much you pay for
repairs is to buy the parts yourself. You can often get them for a steep
discount when you buy them online. Then, you simply bring the part to your
mechanic and have them install it. That way, you are not paying their markup or
the price they get from their suppliers plus the cost of the labor, you are
only paying for the labor. It can cut down a lot on the repair costs,
especially if you do this for every repair you need to have done.
When You Can, Do the Work Yourself
If you truly want to save money on repairs from car
problems, you want to try and do whatever fixes you can on your own. This does
not mean you will be able to do everything, but simple things like keeping up
with oil changes and filling your tires are things that most car owners can
keep up with. Checking your fluid levels, changing small parts on your vehicle,
and keeping your car clean are all things you should keep up with on a regular
basis. Every little bit of maintenance and repair you can do cuts down on what
you have to pay someone else to do.
Get Help at the First Sign of a Problem
If you have ever gotten into your car and noticed the signs
of a problem, but done nothing about it, this is letting your problem get
worse. This means you will likely spend more to fix it down the line. If you
turn your car on and the check engine light comes on, or the ABS light, you
want to get it checked out right away. Random noises, squeals from belts, or
puddles on the ground are signs that something in your engine is not quite
right. Go in and get the problem checked out now. The sooner you get the
problem fixed, the easier the fix will be, and the less likely you are to
suffer from other problems in and around the engine as a result of putting this
Repair Any Dings You Get on Your Vehicle
Most people do not worry as much about the appearance of a
used car as they do about the appearance of a new car. However, this is an
important part of the vehicle to maintain. Each little ding you get in the
vehicle has the potential to cause rust and other problems, which can increase
your repair costs, and will definitely take away from the value of your vehicle.
By repairing those dings, you avoid the rust, and the subsequent problems with
your vehicle. This then helps cut down on how much it costs to keep your car
running. Repainting the entire car is not necessary, so you may have to look
around and find a place that will simply repair the ding. However, the time
invested in finding the right person is worth it!
Buying any car means you will have to put some time and
effort into repairs at some point or another. When you know how to save
yourself repair money, it can make owning that vehicle for a long time, much
less of an expense. Take the time to care for your vehicle properly from the
beginning, so it can last you as long as possible. Once you no longer have a
note to pay off on the vehicle, you can set that amount aside each month as an
emergency fund to pay for any repairs you will face down the line!