Many people who aren’t familiar with car maintenance fear the process and feel like they are spending more money than they have to. If you are one of those who would love to save money and still keep your car in good working condition, here are 3 simple tips for saving cash on maintenance:
- Ask for references- One really fantastic way to save money on car maintenance is to ask your friends and family for referrals. Find out which mechanic(s) they have worked with and who was able to do the best work and offer them the best deal. Unfortunately, many mechanics will try and take advantage of the ignorance of most drivers and charge them extra for things that they don’t really need. If you want to save money on your car maintenance then you need to get a mechanic that you can trust and who won’t give you the run around.
- Stay on schedule- The maintenance schedule for a car is in place for a very important reason. If you want to save more money over the life of the car you are better off following the maintenance schedule exactly. If you fail to follow the outlined schedule you could cause unnecessary strain on the components that make up your vehicle. Many of these parts will cost much more to replace than they would to service. You’re much better off just paying for maintenance when it is requires as opposed to trying to stretch the time between services.
- Do it yourself- One of the best ways to save money on car maintenance is to learn how to do the simple things yourself. Even if you have a really good mechanic who doesn’t take advantage of you, you will still have to pay them a hefty fee for their hourly service. Instead take some time to learn how to perform the simple maintenance yourself and save a lot of money. Something like flushing the radiator or changing the oil can easily be done at your home, on your own. There are plenty of places to learn these simple skills and one of the quickest ways to pick up maintenance skills is the Internet. It may be a little scary to try some of these things on your own at first but have some faith in yourself and you should be just fine.
No matter what kind of car you own, if you take good care of it, there is no reason why it can’t last your for many many years. If you give to your car it will give back to you, year after year.
Micah writes freelance for Bookkeeping Valleywide, a company that helps entrepreneurs and businesses keep their payroll and taxes in order.