Eight Ways To Save Money On Car Repairs

by Hank Coleman

You can save money on car repairs.I hate taking my car to the mechanic to get repairs. I always worry that I’m going to be overcharged for the repairs needed to fix my car. I have to admit that I am not mechanically inclined in the least little bit. My best friend and I tried to change my oil one time in high school, and we quickly gave up after accidently dumping several quarts of oil on his parents’ driveway. Even if you are not knowledgeable about taking your car to the mechanic, there are several ways that you can save money on car repairs. If you educate yourself a little bit about the process and different ways to save money on car repairs, then you will feel better about taking your car to the mechanic and confident that you are receiving the best value on your repairs.

Eight Ways To Save Money On Car Repairs

1.    Shop Around For Repairs – If you are faced with an expensive repair, it may help you save money on car repairs if you shop around. Most people do not think to get multiple estimates for car repairs, but there is a reason that the government requires three different bids in most cases before they award a contract. You are more likely to receive a more accurate quote on the price of your repair if you shop around and receive multiple quotes for the repairs.

 2.    Skip Unnecessary Maintenance – You do not need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. That is the old rule of thumb that no longer applies to most modern cars thanks to technology advances that have been made. Many synthetic motor oils can last for a year or more between oil changes Delaying unnecessary maintenance like excessive oil changes save you money will save you money on car repairs.


 3.    Consider Preventative Maintenance – You have heard time and time again that you can save money on gas by changing the way that you drive. The same is true for maintenance as well. Preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run. Do you keep up with all of the recommended maintenance on your car? While it may seem like a hassle, it can save you money in costly big repairs. Changing your oil regularly is the best way to prevent catastrophic damage to your car’s engine.

 4.    Ask For Referrals – You wouldn’t pick your doctor or a lawyer by thumbing through the Yellow Pages, and you shouldn’t pick your car mechanic that way either. The best way to find a great mechanic and to save money on car repairs is to get a referral. Which repair shop do your friends use? That is a great way to find a good one you can trust. You can also find reviews of repair shops on websites like Yelp. Or, you can always poll your Twitter followers or your friends on Facebook too.

5.    Get Your Own Code Reader – Have you ever wondered what the error code displayed in your car means? If you had your own error code reader, you would know exactly what was causing your check engine light to come on. If you already know what is wrong with your car when you take it into the mechanic, you can head off any needless repairs before they even start.

6.    Surf The Web For Tools – There are a lot of great tools and websites out there to help you learn the cost of certain repairs. Wise Bread has a great list of six tools to save you money on car repairs. They list some great websites like RepairPal, DriverSide, and AllDataDIY that can help you become more familiar with car repairs, what to expect, what they cost, and other information. The more information that you know will help you feel more comfortable in the repair shop and help you save money on car repairs.

7.    Find Your Own Parts – One way to save money on car repairs is to purchase your own parts. This will essentially cut out the dealership or mechanic who is acting like a middle man. There are many websites and even stores like Autozone where you can find cheaper car parts than purchasing them at a dealership or service department. Many mechanics do not advertise the fact that you can purchase your own parts and bring them to them to install. Another great option for people with a little mechanical skill is to head to your local junk yard to find your own parts there for a fraction of the cost of a new part. To save the most money on your car parts there bring your own tools to pull the parts from cars in the salvage yard.Do It Yourself and Save at AutoZone

8.    Find A Mechanic On The Side – Do you know a mechanic? Do you know someone who is the classic shady tree mechanic? You might find a great deal to save money on car repairs by offering a local mechanic a little bit of side work. Like with referrals, you may be able to find someone who knows someone who is looking for a little extra income. This can be a great opportunity for you and the mechanic.

What about you? How do you save money on car repairs? Did I miss any good tips? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Eric J. Nisall - DollarVersity

Preventative maintenance is a great measure to take (and it can apply to almost any facet of life). Taking care of things properly greatly reduced the risk of breakdowns, although eventually everything wears down.

One thing I heard of that may also save money is going to the tech schools and letting them use your car as a teaching aid for a specific issue. It may not be an ideal situation to have novice techs working on your vehicle, but at least you know they are being supervised and if you really can’t afford any other options, it’s worth a shot.
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Hank

I love that idea. That’s like going to the barber school for a free hair cut. I’ve heard of people doing that for free massages too. My mother-in-law just went to a culinary school for dinner…great meal at a very reduced rate.
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Eric J. Nisall - DollarVersity

That’s exactly where I got the idea from Hank! I remember watching 2 1/2 men and the cheap brother was happy to have some money so he wouldn’t have to the barber school for his haircuts. That and there is a pretty good dental school down here where they allow regular people to make appointments for the students to learn hands on.
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Kevin @ DebtEye

Great idea Eric…never thought of that. How do you begin to find these type of places?
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Claire

If you need extra cash, this seems to save me some extra money every month http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-to-save-money.html

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Hunter - Financially Consumed

Great post Hank. I have two mechanic buddies that have saved us thousands of dollars. Good point on avoiding overservicing. Honda tried to charge me $60 to change a cabin air filter, which I did myself in 3 minutes.
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Hank

Thanks, Hunter. My problem is doing which services like your air filter are erroneous and could be skipped or done yourself.
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Suba

Learning to do some small things yourself could save money I guess. I am a total moron when it comes to DIY car maintenance. And having a mechanic friend always helps. Preventive maintenance is a great point.
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Michelle

I’ve found that surprisingly, my dealership where I bought my car is actually the cheapest for everything that I have needed so far. They beat their competitors by a TON.
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Hank

Michelle,

That is really interesting point. That’s a good deal if you have done the comparison between car shops and the actual dealership. My mother would only use the dealership because she built a relationship with them and trusted the people working there.
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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Preventative maintenance is huge. The last two cars I have owned have both lasted 15 years until I sold them which is due to the fact I took such good care of them. It saved me a ton of money in the end since I never had to buy a new car.
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Marie at FamilyMoneyValues

Changing oil regularly is huge – one of the best things you can do (and you can do it yourself – I have many times).
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Hank

And now with synthetic oil, you do not have to do it but once per year on most newer cars….another good savings.
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Hack - Smart Money Hacks

I saved almost $800 once by installing a radiator on a car I owned. The part from autozone was half as much as the shop and I invested my time in exchange for the labor costs.

Good list of ideas Hank!
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richar pearce@mobile car mechanic faversham

Hi Hank.
You have some very good advise here. I have a mobile car mechanic business in Sittingbourne Kent UK. I believe that making car owners aware of preventative maintenance is very important also explaining that a lot of tasks can be undertaken themselves and very importantly shop around, listen to experiences from friends and relations, a little bit of research can save you a lot of money.
I have a couple of pointers to add.
If you are going to supply your own parts and they are defective you will pay the car mechanic twice where as if the mechanic supplies the part at it is defective they will have to remove the part and refit another one free of charge.
If you use a mechanic who does some work on the side please make sure that they are legit as you will have no comeback if things go wrong with your vehicle after they have been working on it.
This may sound like I am trying to throw a spanner in the works, I am all for car owners saving money, I have written articles and blogs that contain hints and tips for owners who do their own servicing and repairs.The reason I made the above comments is to hopefully help people to save money.
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Laura Johnston

Yes, number 3 is a good one. You don’t need an oil change that regularly, especially if you use a decent synthetic oil. You can even save a few more bucks buy doing it yourself at home. There are loads of pages giving step by step instructions and I managed to change my oil myself for the first time ever in under an hour, I even changed the oil filter. Ok, I had to buy a few tools, but I have them for next time. But with all this information available on the internet, you can do a lot of smaller jobs yourself. I’ve changed my own battery and oil, now I’m going to learn a few more simple preventative maintenance procedures to save some money on the cost of motoring!
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The tips given above are so remarkable! For car owners who want to save money, these tips can be helpful. However, in instances where the situation could not just be handled by the car owner, it would be best to let specialists take a look and fix the problem.
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This is a great post. Recently my car broke down, it was making a funny noise (somewhat like taka taka taka ….) when I started the engine. I took it to an authorized repair shop at the original dealer – they said that the ac pipe was damaged and quoted a price of $2k for its replacement! I was shocked, my insurance did not cover it. Finally I went to a AAA approved repair shop and got the job done for around $1800. It was a huge expense! It’s good to do preventive maintenance but these sort of repairs just jump out of the blue!
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I agreed with given information about 8 ways to safe money to repair the car, but I’ll suggest to people its more importance of time now so if an unprofessional person start repair their car by themselves so it will hard for them to reinstall everything after fix the problem. But if any body knows how to repair car and they have time then its best to save money.

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One thing about old cars, they need continual repairs. When we had an old car, my husband had to learn how to DIY car repairs or at least learned it so that when we had to bring to car to a mechanic for repairs, he is aware of what’s going on. It’s always good to learn basic car repairs even if you don’t do the repairs yourself. There are actually some maintenance tasks that are easy to do if you invest in tools and of course time to learn them.
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Great pointers Hank. I really see preventive maintenance as the key to save money from car repair. Also, it is important that the owner must learn the basics on mechanics, so that when reoccurring problems happen he doesn’t have to worry anymore because he got everything taken care of.

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One of the best ways to save on car repairs is to also have an auto insurance company that has good partners to service your car in the case of an accident. From my research at least, certain car insurance companies have claims that usually end up costing less than repairs from other carriers, and thus your premiums stay low since the cost of repairs and damage does not adversely affect your rates.
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If you are looking for your car insurance for the first time, the process may seem a bit confusing. There is a terminology you may not know, different types of coverage, and so forth. In order to make the right choice you need to know the meaning of these terms. Car insurance is required in the majority of states. Such states have car insurance minimum required and in order to drive legally to have such minimal overage is enough.

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I def agree with the 8 tips you mentioned above. It a necessity for every car owner to also know a few basic when it comes to car problems so they know exactly what they’re getting them selves into before possibly getting conned by a crooked mechanic. I learned this first hand. Great post Hank.

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DavidAltima

1,3,4,5 are great. I am cautious with 2,6, 7 and 8. The expression you get what you pay for applies here. I have had more problems than I can count with AutoZone type parts, Plus part selection requires knowledge For most people the DYI option can only work for the most basic jobs, have any mechanic on the side show you his qualifications before you let him screw up your car. Competence here is not a mechanical inclination. It is a profession. Poor repair can cost a lot more the long run. It is naivety to equate high costs to the mechanic being crooked. The best suggestion made was to ask for referrals. Generally, a value producing business will leave you better off in the long run, unless cousin Jim Bob is an awesome mechanic who has free time after hours And he picks out the parts for you.

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I personally shop for my car parts. I don’t rely on whatever parts are available on the mechanic shops, since it would be very costly. If there’s still time and in a not so emergency situation, I search for good and not so expensive repair shops. Following the list above would definitely cost you a lot of money.
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Dear HANK,
I liked what you said about Do you keep up with all of the recommended maintenance on your car? While it may seem like a hassle, it can save you money in costly big repairs. Changing your oil regularly is the best way to prevent catastrophic damage to your car’s engine.
Continue this kind of articles because they are very good and useful, congratulations.
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Harris Gracia

Some Tips are great but sometime your car needs a mechanic who is professional by his/her work.
But thanks for sharing these ,,we think these tips also work for those who are looking for a cheap auto repair
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The best variant for me is to find a good mechanic among the friends. In this case you’ll have the work done well and you won’t be overcharged.

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Great guidelines on car repairs! Really these are helpful when it comes to saving money on repair.

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I do believe the above tips are very helpful for maintaining a car, but the selection of proper destination for servicing and maintenance in also necessary for extending the life of car. The believe is that how you maintain your health by going doctors at the time of need and having proper food as the same you have to go for car servicing for car health and using proper products for car. And most of people choose luxury car for their comfort so as to maintain that they need to choose a proper center for maintenance and servicing. So more or less the buying of a luxury car is not enough the maintenance will show how much you are capable to have it.

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”Money is so expensive now” means earning money is difficult to people rather than spending. So we ere focusing on how to reduce all the extra expenses by taking right care of all the other things that we use in day to day life. After buying a car to maintain it we are spending so much money,and also in small silly things we need to take care like selecting the better service point for your car so it will reduce the extra cost of servicing.
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Regular vehicle maintenance will always pay off in the long run since you won’t have as much problems as other cars with no care at all.

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I didn’t know that there were so many ways to save money! It is really cool to see stuff like that, especially when car repair is such a necessary thing. If you can’t afford to fix your car, then you can’t drive anywhere! It is a huge inconvenience. http://www.whitesellcollisionandauto.com

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agree, there are so many ways to save on auto repairs. It seems like a really good idea to shop around for repairs for your car. Different auto shops offer different rates for their services, so going to a number of auto shops can give you an idea of which one will make you the best offer.
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Car repairs are always so expensive. I hate taking my car in because I feel like I am burning money, but I do because it is better than burning up my engine. This tips were very helpful, and I hope they benefit a lot of people. http://www.knollautomotive.com

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A few a months ago I took my car for an inspection. After that, I found out that my brakes needed replacement. It seems to me that cars need brakes replacement every year, which is okay with me. It’s always good to inspect your car whenever you feel like it needs inspection.

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Thanks for the tips. Car repairs are very expensive these days. Saving money on car repairs is becoming impossible these days. At this time, I really like to share the details of the best repair shop in Ventura. B&C Foreign Car is one of the best repair shops providing the best offers and quality services.
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Find a good quality mechanic with eye for details in a legit company.

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Keara Littner

Preventative maintenance really is a great way to save some money on car repairs. It’s so much easier to deal with potential problems right away than it is to wait until it can’t be ignored. That being said, I also agree that it’s important to know the different between preventative maintenance, and unnecessary maintenance. There’s no point in fixing things if there’s nothing wrong to begin with.

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Even if you are not knowledgeable about taking your car to the mechanic, there are several ways that you can save money on car repairs. If you educate yourself a little bit about the process and different ways to save money on car repairs, then you will feel better about taking your car to the mechanic and confident that you are receiving the best value on your repairs.
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Thanks for the information. I’m always looking for ways to save money. I like your idea of asking for referrals before choosing a mechanic to work on your car. That’s a great way to ensure that you get a good mechanic. I’ll definitely try that the next time I need one.

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Get the mechanic that is really good with your particular car and specific on what causes any problems you encounter.
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Towing Services can also be acquired via your car insurance. And that is better specially when traveling.

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There are so many things that I need to get repaired on my car. I should probably just move into an auto repair shop! I feel like I’ll be there a lot in the next few weeks.

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I really like the advice to get your own code reader. Doing this will allow you to diagnose a lot of your own issues and take care of them. However, don’t always be afraid to take it to a professional. Sometimes they have tools and expertise that make it less expensive for them to get it done. Also if you find a quality company, you can rest assured it is done right the first time.

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Thanks for sharing the wonderful post. Auto repair is very costly and it is something which we cannot avoid. Preventive maintenance is a good option and it saves money to some extent.
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Gerald Vonberger

I didn’t realize that you could purchase your own parts to give to the auto shop for the repair. That sounds like a great way to save money as long as you can find them cheaper than the repair place can. I also think your tip about preventative maintenance is really smart. You can prevent a ton of issues by just properly maintaining your car.

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It is definitely a good idea to shop around for a good auto repair shop. You want to make sure that you look into a lot of shops so that you can find the best deal for you. Every auto repair shop is definitely different, so you need to take the time to look into a bunch of them before you choose one to stick with.

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Informative post! All the eight tips are really helpful, I think surfing the web for tools is the best idea. Car repairs are being too expensive these days. A scheduled maintenance is a best way to get escaped from costly repair.

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Great share on the online tools for car repairs. Thanks!
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Hey, I found your blog informative. It will help people to save their money on car repairs.

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I agree with what you said about finding your own parts. It takes a little more work but, by cutting out the middle man you can save a little bit of money. The only concern that comes to mind is not knowing exactly what part you need to buy. However if you find a good mechanic they might be able to work with you, tell you what you need, and where to get it. Thanks for the informational post.

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