Unexpected car repairs can be a real budget buster. Even if you own a reliable car, there’s always annual maintenance and eventual repairs to be done. Since it can’t be avoided, you might as well try to save on car repair costs any time you can.
Here are our 5 tips for reducing your car repair costs:
Keep up the maintenance
It won’t eliminate repairs entirely, but car parts last longer when properly maintained. It also minimizes the chances of something major catching you by surprise. Regular maintenance is always cheaper than a major repair caused by neglect.
Do it yourself
You can save on car repair costs by doing it yourself. There are books, electronic databases and videos that can help nurture your inner mechanic. Most can be accessed for free online or from your local library. Repairs aren’t always easy, but simple ones can be done with average mechanical ability and a good instructional video.
If you can’t work on yor car yourself, you may know someone who can. You can offer something like dog walking, babysitting, or tech services in exchange.
Compare prices and look for specials
If you have a choice of where to take your car, it doesn’t hurt to shop around. Try to be proactive and get multiple quotes for upcoming repairs before you have to make a decision out of desperation. Always ask what’s included to make comparisons easier. Be wary of extremely high or extremely low estimates.
Keep good records
Assuming you purchased the car in good condition, keeping track of maintenance and repairs will help you make informed decisions. These same records will also tell you when your car repair costs are increasing and it may be time to get a better car.