Cars and trucks have become essential to our everyday life. While the importance of having a working car is significant to both our way of live and our ability to travel, when our automobile breaks down or a problem occurs the unexpected expense can pose a significant problem in today’s economy. This article provides a list of the top three ways to save money on your next auto repair. When my Jeep broke down, I used the following options to save significantly on my car repair.
- 1. Speak to your mechanic
By speaking with your mechanic, you can try to purchase the parts needed for the repair independent from the actual repair shop. By doing this, I significantly reduced the cost of the parts and only had to pay the actual cost of installing the parts. This also allows you to shop around for the cheapest price of the parts that you need. This can significantly reduce the cost of the repair.
- 2. Utilize Ebay
Typically, ebay is not used at all by individuals not involved with cars. However, some of the best deals for parts can be found on the site. This allows a significant reduction in cost sometimes this reduced price can be as much as fifty percent of the actual cost of the part. Little known facts about purchasing car parts on ebay, is that a warranty still applies on most purchases. If you purchase a remanufactured part, the manufacturer’s warranty still applies to the part. This allows for a significant cost reduction as well as obtaining the warranty as well. I found the parts I needed on ebay, purchased them, and then had the truck repaired by my mechanic. Also, most sellers on ebay have a return policy similar to auto parts stores. This allowed me to get cheaper parts with the same added benefits of purchasing the parts elsewhere.
- 3. Utilize Junkyards
Even with no automotive experience, if you have the part that needs to be replaced you can go to the junkyard to find a matching part. While this does not have the added security that ebay does, it does allow for a much cheaper option in car repairs. I was able to find some necessary parts in my local junkyard, which allowed for a much cheaper repair.
Depending on your budget, there are other options to paying full price for an auto repair. By exploiting these options, I significantly reduced the cost of my auto repair and lessened the financial blow of my truck breaking down. The price quoted to me by my mechanic prior to buying my own parts was approximately $600. My independent purchase of the fuel injectors cost $150 with a $50 installation fee from my mechanic. My average savings on this repair was $400.