Preventive maintenance

5 Things You Can Do To Prevent High Cost Auto Repair

Having car troubles is extremely stressful, and sometimes very. Maybe your car doesn’t need a mechanic’s TLC right now, there are things you can do to prevent big repair shop bills down the line.  Whatever the case may be, it will be helpful for you to keep in mind these five things you can to do prevent high cost auto repair:

Get regular maintenance.  Your car comes with an owner’s manual.  Refer to it regularly and heed its advice when it comes to maintenance like oil changes, tune ups, and timing belt replacements.

Address the problem immediately.  This is where most people fall short.  They sense a minor issue, but don’t place the auto repair at a high priority (after all, money is tight).  The issue then snowballs into a much larger problem, multiplying the cost of the repair needed.  For example, it may cost you only fifty dollars to replace your brake pads, but if you go too long without replacing them when they need it, you may end up having to spend hundreds of dollars to replace warped rotors and drums.

Drive the “right” car.  Some vehicles simply cost more to repair than others.  Why?  Because of their design, their brand and/or they are more complicated to fix.  It may even be that their parts are harder to find.  If low-cost auto maintenance is important to you, stay away from exotic foreign cars and rare makes/models that are years out of production.

Do your research.  When it comes to auto repairs, it definitely pays to do your research before you take your car in to be worked on.  Take inventory of the symptoms you notice in your car, and then search the Internet to find possible culprits.  Also, if you know someone who knows a thing or two about auto repair, get as much information as you can about what the problem may be.  That way, when you do take your car to the shop, you are less likely to fall prey to unnecessary up-selling and expensive false diagnostics. Of course if you have a good mechanic that you trust this won’t be nessary.

Shop around.  Not all auto repair shops are created equal.  Once you have a good idea of what type of repairs your vehicle needs, you should call around to find out how much your local auto shops will charge for the same repairs.  Chances are you can save a great deal of money just by doing this footwork.


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Hi, I came to the USA to pursue the American dream back in 1970. I'm married and live in Plymouth, MN. We have two adult children, one followed his father and became a auto mechanic, the other is pursuing a business degree at the U of M. I've been working on cars since I could hold a screw driver. When I moved to the US my goal was always to open my own shop. I worked for others until I could go out on my own in 1979. I've been proudly helping customers ever since. Some of those original customers are still with me and they recommend Lowry Imports to their children.

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