Whether it’s just a minor scratch or a full-blown motor accident, damage to your car isn’t just unsightly; it’s a costly repair, too. Here, we’ll share with you a few important tips to help you save money on auto repairs in the future.
- Know the Car’s History
If buying a second hand unit, make sure that it’s still in pristine condition. First of all, check to see if the car is still safe to drive. It’s important to know the car’s history and what it has been through over the years. Ask the seller if the car went through an accident. If yes, ask to see the police report of it.
- Check the Odometer
When considering buying a used car, never forget to check the odometer. Of course, it’s always better to buy the one with lesser mileage. Lesser odometer reading means the car was driven less, thus a more reliable vehicle. If you purchase a three-year-old car that has run more than 40,000Kms, expect for frequent trips to the auto shop as these cars require more frequent maintenance.
- Do Preventive Maintenance
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—this is certainly true with car maintenance. Since your car is one of your major investments, protect it from going haywire by performing a few maintenance works, such as regularly checking if the tires are properly inflated and aligned, replacing the brakes at the car manufacturer’s suggested interval, having cracked glass immediately repaired and checking of fluid levels periodically.
- Learn a Few DIY
Car repairs seem daunting at first, but there are a few basic repair tasks that are simple enough for a novice to take on. At the very least, know how to change the windshield wiper blades, fuses, air filter, head lights and brake lights and the car battery. For major repairs and maintenance works, it’s best to leave it to professionals. Doing it yourself may only result to a more expensive repair.
- Lookout for Small Signs of Problems
Check the garage or the ground where your car is parked to see if there’s oil pools, which may indicate problems in the transmission or car engine. Overlooking these small details can cost you a lump sum of money on repairs, and also lessens your vehicle’s market value.
Whether you’re buying a brand new or a pre-owned car, always keep in mind these tips, which not only ensure you’re getting a reliable vehicle, but also save you money from repair jobs in the long run.