If you need some auto repairs completed, but it's a bad time for you financially, there are some things you'll want to look into so you can save money on the repairs you need. You don't want to spend too much money, especially if your car isn't as reliable as it used to be. You can save money by finding an affordable mechanic, or a mechanic in training to do the work, and by being smart about how and where your buy your auto parts. Consider the following options for your auto repairs.
Find a Training Facility
You need to find a training facility where students learn to work on cars, and where they complete mechanical training. This is an easy way to get the labor covered at a low price, and to still get high quality work. If the work is done at the training location, a licensed mechanic and someone who is looking over the project will make sure that all the repairs have been done correctly. You may even be able to find students in local mechanical shops that need to work on a set amount of vehicles before they can get their license, so the mechanical shop will give you a discount.
Supply the Auto Parts
To continue to bring the cost of the repairs down, you'll want to supply the auto parts. Consider the following ways to get auto parts at a more affordable rate:
- Search junk yards and online retailers for used auto parts
- Order aftermarket parts
- Find online discount auto part retailers
If you have an older car that you may not be driving for years into the future, getting used parts can be the most affordable and practical way to get the parts you need, without over-investing your money into the car.
Use Quotes Against Each Other
A mechanic who is slow with work will be willing to drop their rate to get a project started in the garage. Get more than one quote and show the other mechanics that are competing to do your repairs to see who will lower their rate the most.
If you spend some time finding the parts that you need at a lower price than the shelf cost at an auto parts store or in a catalogue, you can save a ton. Find great service providers to use the parts and get your car fixed right away.