Saturday, January 26, 2013

Money Saving Car Maintenance Tips

English: A red 1989 Saab 900 Turbo convertible...
English: A red 1989 Saab 900 Turbo convertible getting new rear tyres at Sam's Club in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As a car owner, you should invest on the maintenance costs if you want the vehicle to always be in good shape. It is hard to travel without your own car, so if you’ve successfully invested in a quality vehicle, you should take good care of it.

There are many questions that you can ask your auto repair shop. For instance, you can ask about automatic transmission, problems with the engine, or if you need replacement parts. Car maintenance can be costly and it is for this reason that many people are looking for money saving tips. A couple dollars off is a good deal for most car owners.

Tips to Save Money

Here are the top 10 tips to save money:

  1. Know when to take your car to the repair shop.
  2. Never diagnose the problem of your car.
  3. Always choose a reputable repair shop with experienced employees. 
  4. Keep car maintenance records.
  5. If you experience problems, check your owner’s manual.
  6. Make it a habit to take good care of your vehicle.
  7. Be sure to visit the repair shop on a regular basis for tune ups and monitoring.
  8. Take your car to the same auto repair shop to enjoy discounts as a regular customer.
  9. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse.
  10. Drive and use your car properly.

Follow the tips above and you can save a lot of money annually.

More Tips on Saving Money from Required Maintenance

A lot of car owners make the mistake of diagnosing the problem themselves. If you notice some issues with your car’s performance, make a  list and write it down on a piece of paper. By doing so, you won’t forget anything when you take the car to the repair shop. Just take note of the ‘symptoms’ and have the facility determine the best solution.

Keeping records of everything that has something to do with car maintenance is very important. Replacement parts usually carry warranties, and you can save a lot of money if you take advantage of these guarantees. You also need to keep track of the preventive services performed on your vehicle to avoid duplication. There are times when you change mechanics or technicians, and when you keep records, you won’t have a problem with the new repair shop or facility.

It was stated earlier that you should not attempt to diagnose the problem. However, it will help if you read the owner’s manual carefully before you take the car on the road. The manual contains valuable information like what oil to use, the meaning of warning lights, where the jack and spare are located, and the required air pressure for the tires, and the intervals for various maintenance procedures. Many owners overlook the manual, and toss it in the corner without going through the pages. Don’t do this because it can save you money.

As the car owner, you are in charge of taking care of your vehicle. It is a good idea to have a service schedule with the local repair shop. Drive safely and you can prolong the lifespan of your vehicle.

Author Bio:
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1 comment:

  1. Good post. Taking care of your car problems right away may help you save more money. Thanks for posting.


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