Saving money on car repairs isn't easy. It's hard to save any substantial amount of money without compromising the quality of the repair. Your car needs what it needs to continue to be operational, and cutting back when buying vital parts can prove to be more expensive in the end, since a cheap part with less quality needs to be replaced more often than a part of higher quality. The best thing you can do to save money on car repairs is to prevent the car from breaking to begin with.
The importance of regular service
The most important thing is to put your car through regular service. When money's short, it can be tempting to delay service or skip it altogether. This can prove to be a mistake. When performing a service check on your car, they can find errors you hadn't even noticed yet, and save you a lot of trouble down the road when you need to repair it. Catching damage and getting it repaired at an early stage can reduce your costs tremendously.
Get to know your car's manual
Be acquainted with your car's manual. Follow its directions on when to perform regular maintenance, such as oil changes, and how often you should replace any vital parts. Changing the cambelt when it's recommended by your car's manufacturer is a lot cheaper than having it break while you're driving. Depending on model, it's generally advised to change it after your car has been running for about 120,000 kilometres. A cam belt that breaks while driving could completely destroy your engine if you're unlucky.
Checking the tyres
Another important thing to keep an eye on is the tyres. Under or over inflated tyres doesn't just make your car more uncomfortable to drive, it also wears them out substantially faster. Make it a habit to control the tyre pressure often, so that they can be in top condition until it's time to change them. You should control the tyre pressure about once a month to be sure you always have enough air in your tyres. If you notice that you have to fill your tyres unusually often (every time you check your tyre pressure or more) your tyre might have a leak and you need to replace it. Just keeping an eye on things in general, performing regular maintenance when it's needed, and following the advice you get from your manual and mechanic can contribute to a prolonged lifespan of your car.
I've always driven used cars, and when I first started driving, I made some costly decisions and bought a couple of cars that just weren't worth the money I spent on them. I knew I needed to learn how to inspect a car's engine and how to spot warning signs when I was buying a used car, so I started reading everything I could find on the topic, including basic car mechanics and maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned over the years, and I hope my tips will prevent other new drivers buying used cars that will drain their wallet and sap the enjoyment out of driving. I hope you find my posts informative and useful.