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Frugal Friday: How to Save on Car Maintenance
September 9, 2016
Car maintenance can cost you a small fortune, but it is clearly necessary. If you don’t do it, you may end up with much higher expenses by damaging your vehicle. For example, it is undoubtedly much cheaper to change the oil than to repair the damage caused by not doing this. But let’s see how you can save money on car maintenance.
Look for a trusted auto repair shop
It counts a lot for your budget to go to a reputable auto repair shop. Such a shop should have certified technicians and experienced staff, which can handle car issues in a professional manner. If someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing tries to repair your vehicle, he could cause even more damage. Consequently, before choosing an automotive repair shop, ask your coworkers, family, and friends for recommendations.
Go for preventive maintenance
The owner’s manual should provide clear instructions regarding preventive maintenance. By being proactive to keep your car in tip-top shape, you can keep minimize the wear and tear and cost maintenance and repair.
Learn to do it yourself when possible
You don’t have to be a mechanic to do some car maintenance by yourself. Jobs such as changing wiper blades or air filter can be quite easy, and they don’t require too much knowledge. If you need some help, you can ask at your local auto parts store for someone to assist you with choosing the right wiper blades or air filters for your car. Moreover, you can also ask for indications on how to install the parts you purchased.