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3 Ways to Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance

3 Ways to Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance

If you own a car, you know one thing to be true: you must stay on top of regularly scheduled maintenance if you want it to remain in good working condition.

The problem with this is that vehicle maintenance is not always cheap. If you are looking for ways to save on this expense, there are three simple options to consider:

1. Do it yourself. Even if you don’t know much about vehicle maintenance, you may be able to teach yourself enough to save a few dollars here and there.

Note: don’t take on a do-it-yourself maintenance project unless you are 100 percent confident in your ability to do so in a safe manner. For example, changing your brakes is not a good idea unless you are fully aware of the process.

2. Skip the dealer. While some people swear by their local dealer’s service department, you may soon find that you are overpaying. This is not something you have to do in the future. Instead, search for a local mechanic that offers more competitive pricing while still providing high quality service.

3. Search for deals online. Did you know that some dealer’s provide coupons for vehicle maintenance? The same holds true for local repair shops. If you keep your eyes open, it won’t be long before you are securing coupons for everything from a discounted oil change to a free tire rotation.

Many people believe the only way to save on vehicle maintenance is to put this off. They are wrong. You can keep money in your pocket by doing the three things above. Soon enough, you will realize that maintaining your vehicle doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

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Comments 2

Finance Globe on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 12:19

Nice post Chris,

I'm not an expert, but the first place I usually go to for a check engine light is Auto Zone or Advanced Auto Parts. They will find out why that light is on for free and normally provide a solution/part. Older cars are much easier to work on.

Nice post Chris, I'm not an expert, but the first place I usually go to for a check engine light is Auto Zone or Advanced Auto Parts. They will find out why that light is on for free and normally provide a solution/part. Older cars are much easier to work on.
Frank on Thursday, 15 October 2015 09:00

That is a great recommendation. I actually did that last week, and the issue was an $8 part. If I would have taken it to an auto repair shop, they would have charged me $100 just to look at the car.

That is a great recommendation. I actually did that last week, and the issue was an $8 part. If I would have taken it to an auto repair shop, they would have charged me $100 just to look at the car.
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