I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
Regular car servicing ensures that your car stays in top shape and maximises the car value should a time come when you decide to sell, among other benefits. How much the service will cost will depend on several factors, including the type of car servicing package you go for. A full service, because it is more comprehensive, will cost more than an interim service.
How can you save money on car servicing? Here is a look at some helpful tips for you.
Go for a Service Package When Buying Your Car
Most manufacturers do provide a car servicing package for new cars. These are inflation-proof and cover you for a specific period, such as five years. The upfront costs may seem like a lot, but if you do the math, this may be a cheaper option compared to paying for each car service individually.
Take Better Care of Your Car
In your owner's manual are instructions on how to use and maintain your car. This covers how you drive the car and preventive maintenance measures. Adhere to the provided guidelines, and you can be sure that your next car servicing will not be as involved, and this is likely to translate to a cheaper cost of service.
You should ask the right questions and talk with your mechanic about the dos and don'ts of using and maintaining your car, just to reinforce the information in the owner's manual.
Go to as many garages as you can, find out their prices and compare. You'll no doubt come across a mechanic or garage charging way above the market price and others whose prices may seem very low.
When comparing car servicing prices, your priority shouldn't be about going for the lowest available offer, but a reasonable one that matches the prevailing market price, provided that quality of workmanship is guaranteed.
Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate
So, you've found a mechanic or garage offering a reasonably fair price for car servicing, but you'd like to pay less. What else is there for you to do other than negotiating your way into a better deal? In most cases, you stand to earn yourself a good discount if you give your word about coming back for your next car servicing. Bringing in more clients through referrals is an even better incentive.
Car servicing is a necessary expense that you cannot avoid. However, you can look forward to spending less with these tips.