How to save money on car repairs

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 08.10.2011

How to Save Money on Car Repairs

One of the worst parts of owning a vehicle, is the repairs.  Not maintenance, which is normal schedulable stuff that happens on a consistent basis and the cost, is predictable.  What I am talking about are those things that always seem to happen at the worst possible times like the first day of a new job or worse how about the day of that interview that it took months to line up.  You go to get in your vehicle, expectations high about whatever it is you have planned for the day and the thing either refuses to start or does start only to make some horrible noise that you know means nothing good has just happened.  I mean you just drove it last night and nothing was wrong.  You know the feeling you get.  First, you are incredulous like this cannot possibly be happening TODAY!  Then you either break out in to a cold clammy sweat or get an incredible hot flash.  Then you inevitably open the hood, which unless you are a mechanic, makes absolutely no sense.  You stare at the engine as if a ticker tape is going to pop out somewhere saying “April Fool’s”.

The only scenario that’s worse than the one I just described is when you take the automobile to the mechanic and after waiting forever it seems to find exactly what and how much, he tells you he has good news and bad news.  The good news: he can fix the car; the bad news: the staggering amount of money it’s going to cost. 

Well today, you can do something, at least about how much it is going to cost.  Instead of using brand new parts, it is time to consider a viable alternative – using salvage parts for the repairs.  These quality used parts are usually available from automotive recyclers at a fraction of the cost of buying a new part.  These are genuine OEM parts that were installed at the factory just like the parts on your own car.  Most of the time these used parts are removed from vehicles that were involved in some type of collision and the parts not involved still have a lot of miles and years left on them.  For most parts, there is usually a warranty policy so if the part does fail, then you have it replaced or get your money back. 

Savings on these used parts can be tremendous and many times, it can be as much as 75% less than what you would pay for the same part from a dealership.  Many mechanics these days are happy to consider this alternative and routinely have used parts shipped straight to them.  If yours does not offer this, just ask if he is familiar with it.  You can also go online and locate the part yourself.  Many auto recyclers will either ship the part directly to you or they can also ship it right to the mechanic. Doing this ways ensures that the part is not being marked up once it gets to the mechanic.  If you do want to find the part yourself, do let the mechanic know when to expect the part.  Also, ask if there are any fees for keeping your car at the shop until the part has arrived.  Many auto shops will charge a storage fee if the part is not arriving within a certain period of time

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