7 ways you can save money on car maintenance
Maintaining a car can be very expensive so it's important to save money where ever you can. A study by AAA found that a car driven 15,000 miles a year cost an average of $8,698 a year to maintain. Below are 7 ways you can save money maintaining your car.
- Follow recommended maintenance schedules: During regular maintenance checks you should get your oil changed, get your tires balanced and rotated, get your brakes checked, get your air filters checked and cleaned if necessary, and get your car fluids checked and replaced. By going for regular maintenance you can catch small inexpensive problems before they become big expensive problems. Replacing fluids in your car can cost a few dollars. Replacing a part because of low fluids can cost a few hundred dollars.
- Check your owner's manual: The owner's manual let's you know how often you should get your car serviced and how often you need your oil changed. Reading the owners manual can keep you from over oiling your car. It can also keep you from other unnecessary service fees a mechanic may suggest.
- Buy your car parts online: Many times buying parts online can be cheaper than buying parts directly from the auto shop. Online shops often offer free shipping. You do need to plan your maintenance ahead of time and look for discounts if you're going to shop for parts online.
- Shop around for your tires: Warehouse stores like Sam's, BJ's, or Costco's offer great prices on tires and if you buy from a warehouse you can get warranties on the tires as well as club guarantees. Warehouses sometimes offer great prices on tire installation, balance and rotation as well as repairs. Tire specialty stores also have great prices for tires as well as great prices for tire repairs.
- Install a car maintenance app on your phone: With a car maintenance app like myCARFAX you can enter the model and year of your car as well as the exact gas mileage and the app will recommend maintenance task based on the mileage and car model. Relying on a car maintenance app instead of the dealership can keep you from having your car serviced to early or too late.
- Go to a local reliable mechanic for your car maintenance needs: Local mechanics often use the same parts and charge less in labor than dealerships or chain auto shops. The local mechanic normally doesn't have as many overhead fees as a dealership so they can often times charge less. Plus if you go with a local reliable mechanic you will be helping out a small business owner.
- Do some of the maintenance yourself: YouTube has tons of do it yourself car maintenance videos. If you are handy, several car maintenance task like changing oil, changing windshield wipers, and replacing car fluids can be done in your driveway. You can save hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars in car maintenance fees by doing some car maintenance yourself.