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Ladies Auto Know…How to Cut Car Repair Costs!

Maintain and fix your car for less with these tips…

      Of course you would rather spend your hard earned savings_aheadcash on more appealing things, but unfortunately there’s no way around the fact that a large chunk of change goes to repairing and maintaining our vehicles. There are two expenses we really can’t control, such as gas and insurance. But did you know that you really CAN save when it comes to repairs and maintenance? Here’s how…

1.       Maintain and Prevent.

         The no-fail way to pay less for car repairs would be to avoid them in the first place. I can’t say it enough: FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE. While you may think it was invented just to cover their own tails, this guide is the key to getting the most out of your vehicle. You can find it in your glove department, in the owner’s manual. Misplaced yours? Find it at www.edmunds.com. Also important: change your oil as regularly as the manual mandates.

2.       Find a Reputable Shop and Stay Loyal.

Never pick a repair shop out of the phone book or based on an ad. Ask for recommendations from friends, family or coworkers. Once you find a good shop, stay with it. Just to toot our own horn, Linear Automotive holds an outstanding reputation for customer satisfaction and quality workmanship.

3.       Stick with Independent Shops.

Why go to the dealership when we can save you money with higher quality repairs and more personal attention. Smaller repair centers, such as ours, charge less for parts and labor than dealers. You’ll save because we won’t sell you unnecessary repairs and services. Since dealer service managers work on commission, it benefits them to sell you as many “packages” as possible, whether or not you actually NEED them.

4.       Do your Homework and Ask Educated Questions.

        Research online for basic info about your vehicle’s issue or suggested repair. This way you will know what is necessary and what is just suggested. Then, prepare D4E9578F09234384A1B4D9164D5CA569your questions. Our staff won’t be annoyed, but rather we will respect you for being a good researcher and consumer. Just as any reputable shop, our advisors are willing to explain in laymen’s terms exactly what is going on with your car. If you find yourself in a situation where the manager or mechanic appears to be annoyed by your questions or even talks over you, he may be trying to intimidate you, sell you unnecessary services, overcharge you or all of the above. In this case, find a new shop pronto!

5.       Pay Attention to Warnings From Your Car.

LADIES FREE DIAG SEPTEMBERThis is your vehicle’s way of telling you it needs some TLC. Ignoring these warning lights can do some serious and expensive damage down the road. If the light comes on, but you don’t seem to notice a difference in how your car runs, there is still an issue there and ignoring it will only cost you more in the long run.

6.       Baby Your Car.

       Have your vehicle thoroughly washed and detailed at least every few months. This may sound silly and superficial, but some car owners tend to drive more gently and get repairs faster if their ride looks nice. A nice looking car that stands out may also discourage fellow drivers from casually dinging your door in a parking lot. And while we are on that subject, be picky on where you park, even if it means a longer walk. It’s worth it to avoid careless drivers and scratchy bushes that may send you to the body shop.

7.       Get a Check Up Before You Travel.

       Always bring your car into Linear Automotive for a Pre-Vacation Inspection. I have blogged about this before, and again it can save you a ton of stress and money. You don’t want to breakdown in unknown territory and get towed to an unfamiliar repair center that you can’t trust. You put yourself at risk of spending more than necessary and receiving less than satisfactory service.

  While some repair centers may prey on ignorance and unsuspecting women, here at Linear Automotive we encourage consumer education.

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