There is no better feeling than owning your own car. The difference between having to bum rides off of friends or taking the bus to getting a great deal from new or used car dealers on your first ride is like night and day. Who doesn’t have that dream of owning their own car and driving off into the sunset with their favorite music playing as the wind whips their hair around?
Unfortunately, while owning a car can make everything from getting to work to dating to taking a vacation easier, it isn’t without it’s drawbacks, particularly where money is concerned. On average, according to FiveCentNickel.com, Americans will spend $1200 per year per vehicle on car maintainence. Surely there has to be some way to knock that price down?
Three Tips for Reducing the Annual Cost of Car Maintainence
- Learn to Do the Small Things for Yourself
- Choose a Reputable Auto Repair Service
- Strangely, More Maintenance Equals Lower Car Maintainence Fees
As Yahoo! Finance so aptly writes, one of the best ways to reduce the annual cost of servicing your car is to learn to do some simple bits of car maintainence for yourself. Oil changes, tire rotation, brake replacement — these are just some of the things you can do at home for a lot less.
Auto services get a bad rap because there are a lot of mechanics out there who just want to take you for all your worth, while doing less than stellar work on your car. That’s why Money.co.uk suggests that finding a mechanic you can rely on is so important to reducing maintenance costs. Look at reviews on the web, ask friends for a recommendation, and look for ASA membership to find a service that is known for its affordable services.
For Autos.com, the very best way to reduce the cost of car maintainence is to make sure you get regular car maintenence. Does that seem a little confusing? Consider, one of the most costly repairs is damage to your engine. In some cases, engine repair can cost more than a new car. That’s why regular oil changes, oil filter replacement, and tune-ups are so crucial.
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