Ug. The responsibility of car maintenance and repairs can be a drag on your wallet. It's one of the last things we want to spend money on. However, let's see if we can help you take a more proactive approach to make those pesky repairs less painful. Psssst . . . and we can even help significantly reduce your expenses on auto repairs. So here's six ways to save money while ensuring your vehicle remains in good condition.
1. Regular Maintenance
It seems obvious but often times we procrastinate on regular maintenance. The first and most crucial step in saving money on auto repairs is to prioritize regular maintenance. Following your vehicle's recommended service schedule helps identify potential issues early on, preventing them from escalating into costly repairs. Timely oil changes, fluid checks, and filter replacements can extend your car's lifespan and save you from expensive repairs in the long run. The technicians at Harrell & Beverly will also point out safety issues or potential areas that need monitoring.
When faced with complex repairs, you’ll probably research different repair shops in your area. Evaluate the reputation, expertise, and reliability of each one. Consider seeking recommendations from friends, family, or online communities to find trustworthy and cost-effective options. Naturally, we’d love for you to choose Harrell & Beverly as your repair shop for life! But we understand that everyone’s needs are different and perhaps there’s another option for you. If you ever need any advice or want to run something by us, just give us a call!
3. Be Mindful of Driving Habits
Your driving habits directly impact your vehicle's wear and tear. Be mindful of abrupt acceleration and braking, maintaining consistent speeds, and avoiding potholes and rough roads. Doing so will reduce strain on your car's components. This, in turn, lowers the chances of premature wear and the need for repairs.
4. Regularly Check Fluid Levels
Monitoring and maintaining adequate fluid levels, such as engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid, can prevent significant damage to vital components. Routinely checking and topping up fluids can help identify leaks or other issues early on, allowing for timely repairs at a lower cost. This is something Harrell & Beverly does during all Full Service Oil Changes.
5. Keep Tires in Optimal Condition
Properly inflated and aligned tires not only ensure a safer driving experience but also contribute to improved fuel efficiency and reduced strain on other vehicle components. Regularly inspect tire pressure, rotate tires as recommended, and keep an eye on tread wear. Maintaining your tires will extend their lifespan and minimize the need for premature replacements.
6. Maintain a Repair Fund
To be financially prepared for unexpected repairs, establish an emergency repair fund. Setting aside a small amount regularly can help cover unexpected repair costs without disrupting your budget. Several Harrell & Beverly employees use an app called You Need a Budget. It's a great personal budgeting program! And we did not get paid to say that, we believe in it that much!
Make an appointment with Harrell & Beverly Transmissions & Auto Repair to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and safe to drive for years to come! Give us a call at 407-322-8415.