Here’s a few lessons that can help new drivers, and their concerned parents, as they gain maturity in the driver’s seat.
In this three part series so far I’ve covered why you should consider driving your car to 300,000 miles and how to maintain it well. In this final post, I want to share some advice on how to deal with inevitable unexpected repairs.
Practical tips on how to stay on top of the general maintenance of your vehicle.
When I bought my first car I was ignorant to believe that once the sale was final, all I needed to worry about was gas, oil changes, and insurance! I now know that the sale price of the vehicle is not the only investment. By also investing in truly maintaining my car, I can keep it running smoothly through 300,000 miles or more.
Before I married a mechanic, I definitely didn’t know how to make the most of my appointment with an auto mechanic shop, making it a stressful experience. Now that my husband and I own a shop, I’d like to share with you some things I’ve learned that will save you some of the frustration I used to experience.
Five tips to reduce money stress when it comes to your vehicle.
Buying a car, aside from choosing the right college and buying a house, is one of the most expensive purchasing decisions we make, and yet so many of us are in the dark as to what to look for. We often have more questions than we find answers, so I’d like to help ease your mind a little when making that all important decision.
By price shopping, we recognize that you’ll often save money in the short-term, but we believe you might spend more in the long term. There’s that old (and true) idea that you often get what you pay for. In automotive repair, there’s a lot that you should want to “get.”
Building a relationship with your mechanic is important because someone who is familiar with your vehicle, its maintenance and repair history, and who knows you will be more likely to take the greatest care of you and your car. This trusting relationship will reduce the stress of the inevitable major repair and you’ll be able to drive down the road confident in your vehicle’s performance and safety.
As vehicles age (or face expensive repairs), many people weigh repair costs against the vehicle’s worth. If the repair cost exceeds the vehicle’s worth, they will often sell or trade in the vehicle. By “worth” here, we’re referring to resale value. I recommend a different approach. Blue Book and Edmunds (etc.) can help you decide what to sell yourContinue reading “Should I Repair or Replace My Vehicle?”