Tips for Saving on Auto Repair

Most auto repairs are done to take care of standard items needing fixes simply because of wear. If your car needs major repairs, the bills can be outrageous. There are some things you can do to minimize the need for major repairs.

Follow your car’s maintenance schedule. Change your oil regularly, keep your tires inflated to the proper level, rotate your tires on a set schedule, replace your wiper blades when needed, etc.

The timing belt is one piece of equipment worth replacing based on your maintenance schedule. If you proactively replace it based on mileage, it will likely cost you between $500 - $1000. This may seem like a lot, but if it breaks on its own it could ruin your engine costing you closer to $5000.

Look for the free services and use them. Some auto repair places offer free battery tests. Others offer free tire rotation. Some offer even more services if you are a member of their rewards programs. Investigate the shops near you to see what they offer.

Learn how to do some of the basic repairs by yourself. Some shops even have programs where they will teach you some of these skills and loan you the proper tools. Check into what’s available near you.

 

Watch for coupons and discounts. Shop around for the best deals. Ask lots and lots of questions. All of these suggestions can help you to save money in the long run.

 

 

 

 

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM