How to Save Money on Car Repairs

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June 12, 2024
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How to Save Money on Car Repairs

Is the high cost of owning a car prompting you to explore ways to save? Follow Milex Complete Auto Care’s five tips to trim car repairs to stay on track with your budget.

The average American paid $1,015 per month to own and operate a new vehicle in 2023, up from $894 in 2022, according to AAA. Global supply chain issues and constrained inventory caused the cost of a new car to jump 4.7%, sending monthly costs skyward. Taking a few simple steps can help you cope with rising car costs and keep repair prices at bay.

1. Don’t Ignore Warning Lights
Your vehicle's warning lights are an early indication of potential issues. Addressing warning lights promptly can often mean a simpler, cheaper fix is possible, saving you money and preventing further damage to your vehicle.

2. Keep Your Car Clean
Salt and grime from the road can lead to rust and corrosion, particularly in the winter months. Regular washing, including the undercarriage, can prevent these issues, saving you from expensive bodywork repairs down the line.

3. Get Multiple Quotes
For any repair, it’s wise to shop around and get quotes from several repair shops, particularly if you’re visiting for the first time. Prices can vary significantly for the same service, so comparing quotes can sometimes save you money. However, remember that the cheapest option isn't always the best. It's important to factor in the quality of parts used and the repair shop's reputation.

4. Check the Warranty
Many car owners aren't fully aware of what their warranty covers. Before agreeing to out-of-pocket repairs, review your warranty details. Some issues might be covered under your current warranty, saving you significant amounts of money. Always ensure that any maintenance or repairs are performed in a manner that complies with your warranty terms. A bumper-to-bumper car warranty usually lasts for 36,000 miles and can cover a variety of components, such as air conditioning, brake system, and the engine.

5. Stay Up to Date on Maintenance
Regular maintenance is the most effective way to prevent costly repairs. Preventative maintenance confirms critical systems are in good working order and can prevent major failures. Regular oil changes, brake checks, and tire rotations can extend the life of these components and prevent expensive repairs.

How Milex Helps You Save
Milex stands out as a trusted partner in maintaining your vehicle and saving money on repairs. Our approach to vehicle care is built on regular maintenance to prevent issues before they become costly problems. We offer a full range of maintenance services designed to keep your vehicle running smoothly. By staying current on maintenance with Milex, you can avoid the need for more significant repairs down the road.

Our technicians use the latest diagnostic tools to accurately identify issues early, often before they require expensive fixes. We’ve built our reputation on trust by providing clear, upfront quotes and we explain all the recommended services, so you can make informed decisions about your vehicle care.

We’re committed to customer education and believe in helping you understand your car and its maintenance needs. Our approach can save you money on repairs and extend the life of your vehicle. We strive to provide high-quality, trustworthy service that our customers can rely on.

Bring Your Car to Milex
Partnering with Milex ensures that your vehicle receives the care it needs to avoid costly repairs while enjoying the peace of mind that comes with trusting your car to a reputable auto care provider. Find a location near you today.

 

 

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