As you may have read yesterday, we had quite the scare when my husband and our two kids were driving and the front axel broke in two. It was scary, but everything was ok. The car is not sitting at the repair shop waiting to get fixed. Over the years and a lot of broken vehicles, I’ve learned a few tricks I thought I would pass along to you.
1. Shop around. This goes for almost every thing you want to save money on. But if you know you need a new alternator, call around and find how who can do it for the cheapest. It could save you a few hundred dollars easily just by calling around.
2. Ask your friends. We were able to take out car to a very good friend of my cousins who is giving us a deal because he’s friends with my cousin. Sometimes it pays to know people.
3. Get codes read for free. Places like Autozone and O’Reilly’s will put your car onto a computer for codes for free. It’s a great resource since a lot of places charge around $50 just for the computer to be read. There are even things you can buy for your smartphones that can read it for you too!
4. Find a mechanic that does it as a hobby. With the economy the way it’s been a lot of mechanics are finding themselves out of work. So many of them have taken any job they could and doing mechanic work on the side at much lower rates. Craigslist is a great place to check for this. Just check their qualifications before you begin.
5. Find parts yourself. Parts is obviously a big part of your expense. But if you find the parts yourself, you’ll save a little money there. There are tons of places online that you can buy from and junk yards are amazing places as well!
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