Owning a car is one of the most expensive aspects of many Americans’ yearly spending. According to AAA’s 2013 “Your Driving Costs” study on the costs of owning and operating a sedan, the average cost for sedans was $9,122 per year. The same study found that maintenance and repairs for sedan owners went up by 11.26 percent from 2012 to 2013. Insurance and fuel costs are certainly a big part of the total cost of owning a car each year, but car repairs can be extremely costly for car owners, and everyone faces them. Car repairs can be particularly detrimental to a budget when they are unexpected; it can help to budget ahead of time and plan for common repairs. Thankfully, there are many ways you can save money on repairs, even if you don’t see them coming.
1. Fix it yourself
The most obvious way to save money on car repairs is to do them yourself. Although you probably won’t be able to do everything yourself (unless you have specific training), there are many problems you can fix yourself. If you are new to fixing cars, start off slowly. Almost anyone should be able to change their own wiper blades, for instance. According to the staff of Car Talk, you also can probably replace your air filter, change your oil, replace a headlight, change a batter, or even replace belts.
In order to fix many issues yourself, you will probably need some specific tools. Once you have completed a few basic repair tasks, and you have the right tools, you can move on to more advanced repairs. YouTube is a great resource for finding videos that explain how to repair many car issues.