Like it or not, if we use our cars for what they are designed for they will need regular servicing and repairs, some more than others too! Bearing in mind the other costs associated with vehicle ownership and the humble motor car suddenly takes on the look of a necessary evil. The servicing and repair costs are one area where we stand to save ourselves some money if we are educated in the ways to do this.
No, I am not talking about everyone taking Motor Mechanics 101 at their local college and trading their good clothes for a pair of overalls, what I am talking about is being educated and informed on certain aspects of how the auto repair industry works. For instance, many workshops will use only genuine replacement parts and charge for these accordingly when the aftermarket equivalent may be many times cheaper and superior in quality. Heck, some aftermarket parts even offer a warranty that exceeds the warranty offered on the genuine part!
Knowing if a particular service or repair is needed or whether it is simply an ‘up-sell’ can potentially save you thousands of dollars over the life of your car. When taking your vehicle in for routine maintenance or even a breakdown repair we are often faced with additional items that need to be carried out, but how do we know if these are absolutely necessary or even needed? These ‘required’ services can turn a low profit job into a gold mine for the workshop owner.
We are really at the mercy of the mechanic when we have limited knowledge of our motor vehicles and make no mistake, he knows this. Someone that has no idea about the working of their car can seriously stand to lose quite a bit of money to dishonest workshop operators. Simply knowing how to spot the difference between an honest, reliable mechanic and one that sees you and your car as another mortgage payment or funding for their next family vacation, can not only save you thousands of dollars but can also save you from frustration when the job is not done correctly.
Sure there are good, honest mechanics out there, but there are also a number of sharks that will take you for all they can. With a little bit of education this situation can be turned around to our advantage and taking the car in for repairs will no longer feel as painful as having a tooth pulled!