Maintaining a vehicle is a very important component of owning one. Basically, if you don’t keep up-to-date on maintenance needs, the car has a greater chance of breaking down, and no one wants that to happen. Unfortunately, paying for such procedures is expensive. How can you save some money?
Go to Your Dealer
Often, when you purchase a brand new car, some of the maintenance will be free. It might last for only a few months, but you should take advantage of it while you can. During that time period, you can be saving up your money to pay for the maintenance that comes later on after the free ones have expired.
Do It Yourself
Some of the maintenance on your vehicle can be performed at home. For example, checking the levels of oil and water are things you can do, and you can also go fill your tires up with air when they are in need. Cleaning your car is another essential part of maintenance. Instead of paying someone else to do it, bring out a bucket of soapy water on a warm day and clean it by yourself.
Asking a Family Member/Friend
It’s true that mixing business and relationships can be really risky, so be sure that you fully trust the individual before you do so. Chances are, you have at least one mechanic in your circle of family members and friends. This person might do house calls, or will, at least, do them for you. If the car does break down, you need not always worry about towing it then. Some mechanics will request that you please bring the car down to the shop since they have all of their supplies there, but they will still give you a discount since you know them.
Ask for a Discount
Instead of trying to avoid the issue and just hoping that the mechanic will reduce some of the cost, you should ask. Find out if there is anyway that the price can be lowered. You might suggest purchasing used parts instead of new ones as an alternative for the time being. Furthermore, you could find out if any sales are coming up, and, if the word is not necessarily and critical for safety purposes, put it off until the sale happens. If all of these plans fail, you can at least ask if the mechanic will offer a payment plan.
Do not feel as though you must frequent the same mechanic that your family has been using all of these years. You have your own personal finances, and you have to find a plan that suits you. Call around to several different shops in the area. Do not simply choose the cheapest one though; make sure they are a reputable company. When you follow all of this tips, you’re still going to have to pay for some of the maintenance. However, you should be able to get a lower price that is more affordable to you.
About the author: Written by Alex Kurt
Alex is a motor enthusiast. He has recently purchased his dream car, a BMW M5, and is ready to put his used Mazda for sale. He also loves vintage car and organizes vintage car shows in his local area.