Seen as you’ve made it to our blog, I’ll assume that you love driving just as much as I do. Again, like me, you’ll know that being an auto enthusiast is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we get to take a unique pleasure out of driving that others will simply never understand. On the other, we usually end up having to spend far more on fuel, repairs and maintenance. In this post, I’ll share a few tips that will help you change that!
First of all, start doing our own diagnostics. As you’re probably aware, there’s now a massive market for on-board diagnostics, and more and more modern cars are coming out of the factory with this helpful technology. The demand has grown so much over the years that there are now simple scanners and smartphone apps which you can use to diagnose various issues with your car. When some light you’ve never seen before appears on your dash and you start hearing a repetitive beep, there’s usually a universal OBD code tied to it. Using these scanners will pick up these codes, and tell you exactly what’s wrong with your car. By using these handy tools, you’ll be able to save a small fortune on service charges. A lot of modern diagnostic tools will even record the state of your car while you’re driving, allowing them to pick up on developing issues before they become a serious problem.
Next, try to educate yourself a little more about your vehicle and cars in general. If you’ve been driving for a while, then odds are you’ve had a mechanic’s bill which you should’ve and could’ve disputed, but didn’t. The next time you get a bill from an garage, make sure you’re checking it over and disputing things where necessary. Check that you’re not being charged for unnecessary or duplicate labor, duplicate parts, and that the total isn’t too much higher than the initial estimate you were given. You can also prevent yourself from being screwed over by garages by reading various motor journals and blogs. Ironically, some of the best information comes from repair shops! Check out this blog post as an example:www.trannyman.net.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Finally, consider doing the work yourself. This may sound pretty foolhardy and reckless to you. However, you don’t need to be a mechanic to do a lot of the simpler repairs, just the right knowledge and tools. Checking your car’s fluids, changing your oil and your air filter are just a few of the things you can do with minimum training. Once you become more confident with car maintenance, you can move up to the more complex repairs. These include replacing brakes, rotors and even suspension if you’re really ambitious. Obviously, taking the time to read up on these procedures, and making sure you don’t do more harm than good, takes some time. However, if you can get over these initial hurdles, you’ll save thousands on your car maintenance.
Follow these three tips, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can save in just a year!