The phone call from a mechanic is always one of those moments when you fear the worst. It could be the all-clear – but it could also be an expensive conversation, that could even mean you need to buy a new vehicle. The aim for most drivers is a simple one – never have to fork out for costly repairs. And, there are a few ways of giving yourself the best chance of success. We’re going to take a look at how you can avoid spending big on repairs, starting with the moment you buy your car.
Get a warranty
If you want to avoid big repair costs, always buy from a reputable dealer. There is much less risk involved, and the chances of buying a dud from a private owner are much greater. You should also get a warranty. Most dealers will give you a year from purchase, but see if they will throw in something longer. Many new cars can go through teething problems, and without a warranty, it’s up to you to fit the bill.
Get better insurance
Don’t forget that many people end up with a wreck of a car through no fault of their own. And, if you are in an accident situation, there will be nobody around to make a claim on their insurance. It is essential, then, that you look at your insurance plan properly and always be looking for a better deal. Make sure that it gives you the perfect mix of excellent cover and lower premiums – it can make all the difference if you get hit by another vehicle.
Find a good mechanic
A good, local mechanic will be worth their weight in gold. Independent firms tend to be cheaper than registered mechanics, but their experience will need looking at. That said, if you find a good one, keep them. They will get to know your car and be able to keep it in the best condition possible. Jumping from garage to garage is only going to end up causing you more problems than they are worth, so stick to the people that serve you best.
Report minor faults
All cars have little faults from time to time. The trouble is if you leave them for ages they can often develop into something a lot more serious. It is essential that you use a car repair service as soon as you notice something wrong. In many cases, it will be a small, inexpensive fix, and save you a lot of money further down the line.
Learn to drive properly
Finally, make sure you drive your car in an appropriate way. Poor driving skills can cause you to crash, and they can also have a big impact on the inner workings of your car. Check your owner’s manual for tips, and look around for driving efficiency course to give yourself the skills.
OK, so there you have it – follow these tips and you will have a better chance of avoiding pricey repair work. Stay safe – and sensible – out there, folks!