Cars are an incredibly practical way to get around, and can save people a lot of time. They make everything from going to work, going shopping and even visiting friends a whole lot easier. As a result, it should come as no surprise that there are tens of millions of vehicles registered across Pakistan.
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Unfortunately, owning a car isn’t always cheap. There are many different costs car owners are responsible for, from petrol to car payments. Another cost that can add up if you’re not careful are maintenance costs. These can be costs to fix up the engine, replace tires, change the oil and a variety of other things.
Thankfully, there are some ways that you can save on these high car maintenance costs. This blog post is going to go over a few of them.
Shop Around for Your Mechanic
The first way to save on your car maintenance costs is to shop around for the right mechanic. While not all areas will have a ton of choices, there are likely a few in your area that you could reach out to. If you simply work with the first mechanic you see, you could be missing out on a better or cheaper deal elsewhere.
There are many things you should look for when looking out for a mechanic, such as fair prices, decent reviews and someone who maintains communication well. Take your time to look around and even ask your peers as you narrow down your choice. While this can be a bit of work, it has the potential to save you a lot of money and be a much more enjoyable time.
Treat Your Car Well
The next tip when it comes to saving money on car maintenance is to treat your car well. If you drive carefully, you will put your car through a lot less stress. If you are constantly braking hard, revving up the engine, taking bumps at high speeds, your car will suffer. The worse you treat your car, the more expensive damage you are likely to do to it.
The better you treat and drive your car, the less damage you will likely do to it, and the less frequent (and extreme) maintenance you will require. In addition to treating it well when you drive it, you should also keep it clean.
If you don’t clean your car, the paint will often get scratches, and other parts of the car can become damaged if the dust, dirt and grime isn’t washed off frequently. So be sure to wash the car every couple of weeks at least. Whether you use a quality steam cleaner or a simple cloth, soap and water combo, you are helping to keep it looking and performing great.
Take Your Vehicle in For Regular Check-Ups
Another way to save money on maintenance is to take your vehicle in for regular check ups. At least once a year, you should take your car in for a routine maintenance check. In this check up, mechanics will check things such as your engine, your tires, your breaks, your fluid levels and several other things. They will check and make sure no major problems present or developing within the car. You can leave these check ups confident that your car is in good condition and there is no trouble brewing.
Sure, even these small little check ups still have a cost. However, it’s much better to catch these potential issues ahead of time during these checks than it is to catch them when it’s too late. If you don’t do these routine checks, your car could have major issues developing under the hood that you would have no idea about. Then, one day, they could show themselves and the fixes on them could cost you a lot of money. It is better to pay a little bit now, in an effort to save a ton of money later.
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While car maintenance normally costs you some money, it can also save you some at the same time. If you shop around for your mechanic, treat your car well and take it in for a check up, you could save a lot in maintenance costs over the lifetime of your car.
Contributed by: Wendy Dessler- Outreach Manager
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