Car repairs, especially those involving the engine, the onboard computer system and the fuel system can be expensive. As a consumer, you may not know that you do not have to pay full price for brand-new car parts or even have to buy brand-new parts. In some cases, you may even be able to reduce the labor costs. Here are three ways to make car repairs just a little bit less expensive.
Brand-New Parts for Less
There are several automotive parts stores where you can buy brand-new parts for less. Many of these wholesale and discount retailers of car parts have the words "auto," "discount" or "wholesale distributors" in their brand titles. You may have driven past one or two of these stores and thought they were just filled with accessories and tools, when in fact they are filled with everything from tires to alternators to fuel pumps. Additionally, many of them advertise sales on parts or offer coupon discounts on your in-store or online purchases.
Used Parts for the Price You Want to Pay
There are also several outlets for used car parts, but probably your best option is the auto auctions and auction websites. These auctions allow you to search through the inventory on the auction blocks and bid for the parts at the prices you want to pay. The sellers or auctioneers may have other ideas in mind for the price, but some are still willing to let parts go for very little money. You may still have to pay full labor costs, but this option will at least reduce the costs associated with the parts. You can reduce the costs overall by installing the parts yourself, which is another option for you to consider.
Installing the Parts Yourself
With hundreds of "how-to" articles and videos online these days, you do not have to be a professional mechanic to install your own car parts. In fact, most of the smaller repairs and part replacements you could probably do on your own (e.g., spark plug replacement, brake replacement, radiator replacement, etc.). The only times you may (and probably should) have professional help is when you are dealing with the transmission or the engine block of your vehicle because the parts are so incredibly heavy and complex that you would not want to drop these parts on yourself or flub the repair. Then the engine components would not work as they should. However, installing other parts on your own can drastically reduce the costs of labor. If you do the labor in conjunction with one of the ways listed above to save money on parts, then you may find that your car repairs are more affordable. Click here for more help.