The Frugal Motorist’s Guide To Cheaper Car Maintenance

by Harry Johnson in Maintenance

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Keeping a car maintained is an expensive business, don’t you think? It seems that today’s modern cars cost a lot more to service and repair than vehicles built five or ten years ago. They have an array of sophisticated electronics and safety systems. And when things go wrong with them, you just know you’re going to need to get your credit card out!

The good news is there are plenty of ways to drive down the cost of car maintenance. If you’re a frugal motorist, this blog post is for you! That’s because it’s packed full of hints and tips to make your money go further as far as maintenance costs are all concerned.

Stick to the service schedules

As a car owner, there’s no getting around the fact that you need to service and maintain your pride and joy. But what you might not know is that if you skip a service or two, you could be doing some damage to the engine’s internal components.

You could also be missing out on signs that something expensive might happen if you don’t get some parts repaired or replaced! That’s why it’s essential you stick to your car’s service schedules.

If you don’t know what those schedules are, you should take a look at your car’s handbook. You can also contact a main dealer to find out if you don’t have access to the handbook.

Pay for your servicing in advance

Dealers like Inchcape Toyota and independent garage repair centres offer service plans. In a nutshell, you can create your own unique service plan and pay for the work in advance. The advantage of doing this is you can save a significant amount of money by prepaying for the work.

I decided to take out a service plan on my own car this year. The salesman showed me how I was making a 40% saving compared to paying for everything on an individual basis. I was quite shocked at the savings!

Take advantage of Internet offers

Most people would just use local companies to buy parts for their cars. Take tyres, for examples. When their tyres need replacement, they’d just approach a local tyre firm for prices and agree with the “best” deal on offer.

I used to do that until I realised that I could get better prices by shopping online! I now use a company online that offers the cheapest prices for the same tyres that I want. And the bonus is they come out to my home and fit them for no extra charge!

My only regret is not spending more time seeking out the best deals online for car parts. Had I done this sooner, I would have saved so much money on my maintenance costs.

In case you are wondering, there are plenty of places online where you can find great deals on the things you need. For example, there are companies that sell genuine and pattern parts for cars. And if you sign up to a car forum, you’re bound to find “group buy” deals on particular parts that are too attractive to resist!

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