30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Auto Repair

I’m excited to have my husband as a guest on Simply Frugal Living today!

#15 Save big bucks on auto repair.

First, do no harm.  Do not commit to a repair until you have a diagnosis and a quote.  Often, people will avoid dealerships thinking that the repair will cost more.  However, the dealership might have the same labor rate as a non-dealership auto repair shop.  Check the labor rate first!  The dealership sees your model vehicle every day and might be the best place to get a diagnosis.  However, dealer parts are almost always more expensive than aftermarket brands or re-manufactured parts available through many auto part retailers.  The best way to save big bucks on repairs (after you have a diagnosis) is to find the parts you need at a salvage yard and have an independent mechanic install them. Many salvage yards have brand new vehicles that have been wrecked and sell guaranteed parts from these vehicles for a fraction of the retail cost.  Check first to see if your mechanic is willing to accept customer supplied parts!

Here’s a recent story from my own experience:  My air conditioning fan stopped working last summer.  I went to the dealer and got a diagnosis for a reasonable fee.  The repair would have cost $400.00 at the dealership.  I went to a salvage yard and purchased the part (a control head) for $50.00 and had it installed by another garage for $50.00.  I saved 75% on my repair.  Most reputable salvage yards have good return policies for parts that are defective.

With a little investigative curiosity, you can keep most of your money for the pump… because it’s much harder to save there….

Resources: Auto Parts Warehouse, CarParts.com

(Links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)




Trackbacks

  1. […] we discussed ways to save big buck on auto repair.  Vehicles get old, and there are times when the cost of the repair work far exceeds the value of […]

  2. […] fun, haircuts,  gift-giving, babysitting, groceries, cosmetics,  electricity, natural gas, water, auto repair, and purchasing a vehicle, decorating, medical bills, and […]

  3. […] fun, haircuts,  gift-giving, babysitting, groceries, cosmetics,  electricity, natural gas, water, auto repair, and purchasing a vehicle, decorating, medical bills, cable/movies, travel, and Dinners for $5 or […]

  4. […] fun, haircuts,  gift-giving, babysitting, groceries, cosmetics,  electricity, natural gas, water, auto repair,  purchasing a vehicle, decorating, medical bills, cable/movies, travel, dinners for $5 or less, […]

Speak Your Mind

*

Image Map