Most of us drive and we all know that running a car can be costly. When your car breaks down, or something goes wrong it can cause untold headaches.
How much will it cost to repair and where can you take it? How will you know you’re not being ripped off for the new parts?
Car repairs can be daunting for many people, but by following a few tips it can take a lot of the pain out of the process whilst saving you a good deal of money at the same time.
Use a garage or mechanic with a good reputation
Whilst this might sound obvious finding a recommended garage with a good reputation is hugely important. Building a relationship with a local mechanic can not only keep your car running for longer, it can ensure that you don’t get ripped off as you’ll get consistent advice and the mechanic will know your vehicle’s service history.
Do your research
If you haven’t already got a garage that you use and trust, make sure you pick one carefully. Don’t be afraid to speak to someone at the garage properly before handing your vehicle over, too many people are too happy to trust the first mechanic they meet and this is where problems can start. Drop into the garage before you book your car in and have a chat, discussing the repair options and get a feel for the place.
Keep the costs under control
If you are an amateur mechanic or you have a fairly good idea what the problem is don’t be afraid to find your own spare car part. Scrap yards such as CJ Metals yard at Keighley have countless spare parts for all sorts of models and makes, click here for more information. Using a recycled car part can save you a huge amount of money and in many cases they’re as good as new.
Get a second opinion
If in doubt it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion, whether you’ve got the spare part or you need to buy it through the garage, check what the labour costs are likely to be for the work being done as these can often be the most expensive part of car repair. Also ensure you get a written estimate before committing to the work being done.