One of the biggest costs a car owner can have is a major repair bill. Some of those repairs, however, are avoidable. We’re going to look at 5 mistakes drivers make that lead to expensive repairs so that you can protect your vehicle and your wallet.
#1 Not Maintaining the Car
Getting an oil change on schedule may seem like a little thing, but this and other maintenance operations add up. If you don’t keep up with your car’s regular maintenance, you really can’t be surprised when major repairs follow.
#2 Poor Communication
Good communication with your auto mechanic can save you a bundle. You need to let the mechanic know what you hear, see, and even smell that lets you know something is wrong with the car. You should also provide any recent repair history if you got some work done at a different location prior to coming to the garage you are presently at.
#3 Diagnosing the Problem Yourself
If you are a mechanic and will be doing the work yourself, this is fine. If you are bringing your car in for work, let the repair person diagnose the issue and fix it. If you say that a belt is bad and should be replaced, you can’t complain later if the tech does exactly what you said but it doesn’t fix the problem.
#4 Ignoring Issues
Car issues don’t get better on their own. If something is wrong with your car, it is only going to grow worse with time, so don’t wait to get the repairs done. If a warning light appears on the dashboard, have it checked out as soon as possible.
#5 Not Shopping Around
If your car is drivable, you can take it to several different shops to see which experienced mechanic charges the best rate Don’t sacrifice work-quality for price but don’t pay extra just because you didn’t shop around.
A Vehicle Service Contract Can Reduce Repair Bills
Having the right service contract on your vehicle can shrink major repair bills to a manageable size. To get an extended warranty on your new or used vehicle, call Vehicle Service Center today at 1-800-280-6708.