- Don’t mention mileage related service. They will charge you more.
- For mileage related service do the inspection part yourself. List the items that need to be done. Other than that, have the mechanic look it over and tell you if you need anything done.
- Shop around for the service you need done and check for specials or find a reputable shop (AAA approved?) and be loyal.
- Do it yourself. There are many “how to” videos on YouTube.
- Be careful agreeing to any maintenance that isn’t in the owner’s manual. Get a second opinion.
- Stick with independent shops.
- Consider checking out your local vocational school for doing the repair.
- Get educated and ask questions
- Use RepairPal.com and AutoMD.com to know average charges for repairs.
- Heed the warning signs (engine light, oil light, strange sounds). We had an engine destroyed by a family member driving when the oil light was on.
- Get it fixed for free. You can plug in your VIN to SaferCar.gov to find recalls and service bulletins.
“7 ways to keep car-maintenance and oil change costs down” consumerreports.org
“Cut Car Repair Costs” womansday.com
“Cut Down Your Car Repair Bill With Free Fixes” abcnews.go.com
“Cutting Auto Repair Costs” usatoday.com