How to Save Money on Car Repairs
Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 7:00 am
Keep Up with Maintenance
AAA recommends drivers do regular maintenance on their cars. Doing so can extend the life of the components in the car. Simple repairs like getting the oil changed can help keep the car running smoothly. Cleaning your wiper blades can help keep debris from scratching the windshield.
Regular maintenance can help drivers identify problems while they are still small. It is going to be less expensive to take care of a little problem than a big one. In other words, regular maintenance is preventative care for your car.
Buy Parts Online
Market Watch says drivers should buy parts online rather than allowing the dealership to buy them. Some dealerships will markup the price on the auto parts that your car needs repaired. Consumers who know what to look for might be able to buy the same part for less money by purchasing it online.
Set Aside Money for Repairs
The Nest suggests that drivers create a car maintenance fund. Start setting aside money so that it will be ready to pay for maintenance and repairs. The Nest recommends that drivers put maintenance funds into a savings account and avoid borrowing from them.
Setting aside money for repairs can prevent expensive problems. It enables drivers to avoid having to use their credit cards to pay for the repair, and prevents the worry of being able to pay it down. It also means the driver will not need to take out a loan.
State Farm emphasizes that drivers should ask the mechanic for a copy of the estimate. Make sure the estimate is signed and includes all parts and labor totals. It is a good idea to go line by line with the mechanic and have them explain it.
Find out if the repairs on the estimate are recommended or if they are essential. Repairs that are not essential could potentially wait until later. Knocking those off the estimate can save you money.