Thursday, September 3, 2015

Two Simple Tricks for Keeping Car Repair Costs Down

Cars are an expensive investment. Obviously, it's far less expensive to use public transportation, but for most of us, public transit either doesn't go where we need to go, or it takes too long to be practical. So we buy cars . . . and then we spend years lamenting the cost of maintenance and repairs.

It's no secret that some mechanics practically run a racket, but even the most honest mechanic can cost you some serious scratch when the time comes to take your car in for repairs.

Modern cars are actually more expensive to repair than older cars, despite the availability of parts and the updated technology. In fact, those very technologies – airbags, rear-facing cameras, xenon headlights, fancy gadgets – can make repairs decidedly more expensive. It goes without saying that the more expensive the car, the more expensive the repair.

So what's a car owner to do? Here are two ways to keep costs down over the life of your car.

Maintain the vehicle properly
The owner's manual isn't for show. The best way to avoid costly repairs is to follow the maintenance instructions for the vehicle. Small repairs and care on a regular basis will cost a great deal less than large repairs that are caused by negligence. Get your oil changed regularly, get your tires rotated, get tune-ups and replace the timing belt when the manual says to. Trust us, you'll go longer between repairs. Also, when you do visit the mechanic, it's okay to shop around for parts. For example, we have good reason to know that professionally rebuilt used engines are some of the best investments that you can ask your mechanic to make.

Practice the "Ounce of Prevention" rule
This is almost a continuation of the above rule. The man with the highest mileage on any vehicle in history swears by his owner's manual. More important for this particular guideline, though, is the fact that he has engaged in "preventive" maintenance, as well. For instance, the man – Irv Gordon – has had his engine preemptively rebuilt twice over its 3,000,000 or so miles. Preventive maintenance doesn't have to be a regular, but if you have a trusted mechanic – and you should – it's worth discussing the possibilities of replacing parts before they become problematic. For instance, struts, ball-joints, and the like have symptomatic signs that they're headed for trouble (squeaks while driving, for instance), which can sometimes be dismissed, at first. Rather than waiting for them to become a problem, swap the parts out immediately. Problems in one small area can spread – bad ball joints can affect the way a vehicle drives, which can affect brakes and even the engine.

Preventative maintenance and proactive parts replacement can ensure the long-term functionality of your vehicle. When trying to save money and maintaining a car, there are really no two ways about it.

1 comment:

  1. Buying a car is an expensive investment for the car owner, so proper maintenance should be taken to give it a longer life. Despite the availability of parts and the updated technology the car is now requiring much more care. Follow the instruction mention in the owner's manual. Get your oil changed regularly. Replace the tire if it gets too wear. It is consider as wise step if you replace your car's parts before they become problematic.