Money | Save money on car repairs

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Having a car can be a curse, especially during those times when you face lofty bills. But are we throwing money away by not being proactive or careful?

Having a car is expensive, and that does not include the initial outlay. When something small goes wrong, it can cost a fortune.

While some repairs are essential, other work can often be a result of us not taking the proper care of our cars and not being diligent when seeking help.

One of the most common things that will happen when you have a car is that the battery will die at various stages. You should always have a solid battery charger with you and know how to connect it to the battery.

Always check your oil and coolant levels before each trip you take. Running low on these two can cause long-term damage to your car.

Similarly, check your tyre pressure and depth regularly. If you are involved in an accident and your tyres are even slightly worn, many insurance companies will not pay out. At this time of year, it is important to ensure your tyres are in good working order as the roads can be treacherous. Doing these can help the car run more smoothly and improve a car’s miles per gallon.

Check all the lights, and replace bulbs immediately.

Keep a good track of all your car records. These records are important for your mechanic, especially if they have never done work on your car before. This also ensures that no unnecessary work will be carried out the next time you visit your mechanic.

Before you get any word done, get multiple estimates. A personal recommendation is often best for mechanics but ensure that they worked on your car model before. Know exactly what is being done to your car. A mechanic may do repairs and add it to your bill in the end.

At the outset, find out what is being done and agree to the work.