How to save money on car repairs

Learn how you can save money on costly auto repairs.

1. Invest in a code reader and do your own diagnostics

Thanks to modern technology, you can now run diagnostics on your vehicle. Use a OBD-II scanner and it's built-in diagnostics and reporting technology can interpret the codes and beeps your car makes. This will save you tons in initial diagnostics.

2. Skip maintenance you don't need

The rule of thumb used to be that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. Now, this is no longer the case. Synthetic motor oils can last for a year or more between oil changes. Don't let the service center at your dealership fool you into paying for oil changes multiple times a year.

3. Buy car parts directly

Repair shops will mark up the price on parts, so you can save seriously by buying directly from AutoZone or other auto part stores.

4. Educate yourself

Don't pay a costly bill without inquiring what each charge is for. Ask your mechanic to walk you through each individual fee and don't be afraid to ask other shops for estimates before work even begins.

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