If your car suffers a breakdown, you need to get it running ASAP. It’s very hard to get around when your car is not working. That said, you can keep costs to a minimum. Quite a few very basic repairs can be done by you.
Check your radiator often. Let the car run a couple minutes, shut your engine and open up your hood. Do not lift the radiator lid when the engine is running or if it is too hot. Check the level of fluid in radiator and add any if necessary. Be mindful that some coolants are meant to be mixed with 50% water.
Before you hand over your car to the shop, be sure you are clear about the repair costs. You want to make sure that you understand each and every charge, and if you do not then you need to clarify and ask questions before any work is done. You don’t want to be surprised with a higher charge than you were expecting.
Make sure all repair records are kept close. One good place to keep them is in a folder in the trunk right above your spare tire. The auto mechanic will need to refer to these records. The records can help them figure out the problem.
Every time your car is repaired, regardless of how minor the problem was, make sure you keep a record. These past invoices can help the mechanic to diagnose your car if need be. Your car problems may be harder to find and you may have higher repair costs without the records.
Remove valuable things from your car prior to taking it in to get fixed. The mechanic might need to move these things so they can do the job, and they won’t assume responsibility if anything comes up missing. Remove everything from your trunk too.
Try figuring out the issue prior to going to get repairs. This will save you a ton of money, and it can prevent you from becoming a fraud victim. Some mechanics are dishonest and will say the problem is more serious than it actually is.
Keep a spare tire and jack in your trunk. Modern cars come equipped with them already. This way you won’t get stuck anywhere and need to pay someone to tow you. You can save a lot of money by performing tasks yourself.
Try finding a reliable mechanic who works from their own garage. They may have learned through experience but still be competent, and are likely to have a lower labor rate. You can support small business and save hundreds on the cost of the repair.
Take off all of your keychain charms; just use your key. The ignition can’t support too much weight. If your key starts sticking, you need to get new tumblers and no longer use that little troll head keychain!
As you can probably tell, you do not need to take your car in to an auto shop and pay a lot of money to get it fixed. There are lots of instances where you can solve the problem yourself. This article shows you what to do in future.