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You love your car, but you’re well aware that it can cost you enormous amounts to care for it. As well as the standard costs of fuel, tax, and other regular expenses, there are always unexpected costs that can spring up. When you’re hit with a repair that you need to make, it can mean having to spend money that you can’t afford. But nearly everyone needs their vehicle to get around, so ditching the car isn’t an option. If you want to keep driving, you need to find ways to cut the costs of maintenance and repairs on your car. Luckily, there are several ways that you can do this.

Know Your Manual

If you don’t know your vehicle well enough, you can end up wasting money taking your car for repairs when it doesn’t need them. You don’t want to go to a mechanic and be charged for something you easily could have fixed yourself. When you get a new car, make sure you familiarize yourself with the manual. If you buy used and no manual comes with it, it should be easy to find a copy of the one you need. It will help you decide when you need to go to an auto shop and when you can fix a problem by yourself.

Shop Around for Auto Repairs

With everything you spend money on, you should never choose the first service you come across. You can look around for a quality, great value repair service instead of settling for whichever one is closest to you. Finding a good one isn’t just about the price though. It’s also about finding qualified technicians who get it right first time and do the job well. You might need to try a few different places before you find one you like, but eventually you’ll feel happy with the price and service.

Buy Your Parts

Sometimes you look at how much your mechanic is charging you for replacement parts, and you can’t believe the costs. Surely there’s a way of getting them somewhere cheaper? While some mechanics prefer to get the parts for themselves, others are happy to work with the ones you provide them with. The best places to find cheap parts are online, with websites such as PartsGeek and www.qualitysparescentral.co.uk. You can also buy parts yourself and make the repairs without paying for labor.

Do It Yourself

There are some repairs that you can do at home, instead of taking your car to professionals. You can’t do everything yourself unless you have a great deal of knowledge, but there are lots of small jobs you can handle. If you do decide you want to do some small pieces of work yourself, make sure you do everything safely. Do your research before starting and make sure you get the right tools. You don’t want to make a mistake and have to take your car to the shop, after all.

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