How to save money on maintenance and repair of your car


It can cost around $ 1,000 per year or more per year to properly maintain and maintain your vehicle, depending on what you drive and how you drive. This can reduce your monthly budget. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are some things you can do on your own to save a lot of money.

Some repairs are expensive but others not so much.

“Some repairs are really easy to do: change the air filters, the wiper blades and even the headlights! The parts are inexpensive and readily available, ”said Ryan Pszczolkowski, automotive expert for Consumer Reports.

Knowing when to do it yourself or get expert help is essential. Just ask Ian Karr, a vintage car owner. He understands the importance of maintenance.

“Classic cars are like classic people. The older we get, the more maintenance we need. The great thing about classic cars is that maintenance is fun. Maybe even more fun than working out and the things you have to do for yourself, ”Karr explained.

You have a few choices to make. Do you take it to a dealer, independent repair shop or do you do it yourself?

“You should always take your car to a dealership for recall work and any issues with safety systems, including repairing airbags and seat belts. This is due to the ever increasing complexity of hardware and software, ”said Pszczolkowski.

The same goes for warranty work and anything related to the infotainment system.

You can save money on less complex repairs like brakes, suspension, spark plugs, and even an alternator, by going to an independent mechanic. They generally have lower labor costs and can reduce costs by using spare parts.

Prevention is another great way to keep your repair bill low. Take it easy on the road. Abrupt acceleration, hard braking and excessive speeding will shorten the life of your vehicle.

Consider the cost of maintenance and repairs before buying a car. It can save a lot of money down the road. The Canadian Automobile Association has a Driving Cost Calculator that can estimate the annual operating costs of the vehicle you have chosen, including maintenance.

Plus, don’t be afraid of DIY. You never know what you might achieve.

“With a car, it’s basically that you are right or that you haven’t. The headlight turns on or does not turn on. How many things in life are black and white? And you get the bonus of saving money at the same time, ”Karr said.

Consumer Reports recommends going to a dealer if you don’t normally change your oil at home. It may be more expensive than one of those quick oil change shops, but it may be worth it for better quality oil and a filter specific to your car.

With files from Consumer Reports

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