How to save money on car repairs
How can car owners be assured of maintenance and repairs while saving money? Don't change if you don't need to change it for routine maintenance.
Be careful when replacing parts
In pursuit of profit, some maintenance stations will suggest that car owners replace some unnecessary parts, increasing the burden on car owners. In this regard, the master of a maintenance station told reporters that some parts that can be repaired should be repaired as much as possible, and replaced when they cannot be repaired, such as front and rear bumpers, doors, hoods, etc. If the collision and bending deformation are not serious, the repair cost will be far Much lower than the replacement cost.
Car owners have reported to reporters that there are many replacement repairs in 4S stores. In this regard, the head of a maintenance station reluctantly said that on the one hand, it is because the technical level of the car is getting higher and higher, especially the maintenance of electronic components. It is difficult to ensure the quality of repair; on the other hand, manufacturers rarely provide repair stations with equipment or technology for parts repair, so many times they can only be replaced.
Shop around for prices
In the impression of many consumers, the price of spare parts and labor costs should be the same for the maintenance station and special service station of the same brand 4S store, but it is not. The general manager of Dongfeng Peugeot Yuhua Jiurui store told reporters that the more commonly used accessories, the more consistent the price of the whole family store, because the price of common accessories stipulated by the manufacturer is the same in different 4S stores of the same brand, but some "cold" accessories ( That is, accessories that are not commonly used), because the replacement frequency is not high, there are still differences in prices between stores, and sometimes there are many differences. He explained that different maintenance stations have different rates of entry, loan, and time, resulting in different prices for cold parts. Therefore, when replacing, the owner may wish to make a few more calls to compare and replace, which will save a lot of money.
Take advantage of free testing services
In order to establish their own brand image and attract more consumers, major domestic automobile manufacturers now hold various free testing activities every year.
In the free testing activities, some maintenance personnel will take the opportunity to lure car owners to carry out some unnecessary maintenance and repairs, so as to achieve the purpose of profit. However, as long as the car owner is careful, for example, go to different maintenance stations for consultation, or ask a friend who knows how to do it, they will not waste money. However, the reporter believes that during the free inspection period, if the car owner can spare time, try to go there as much as possible, so that the car owner can better understand the car condition and solve some hidden dangers in time.
Drive less bumpy
For many novices, in addition to normal maintenance, the maintenance cost is the big one. The reporter learned from many brand repair stations; a considerable part of the car owners come to the store to do sheet metal and paint, and this alone costs a lot.
First of all, you must find a good insurance company and buy car damage insurance for your car to reduce your losses; in addition, you can only be careful when driving to avoid bumps.
It's alright, don't go to the repair station
Just follow the maintenance mileage specified by the manufacturer to maintain it normally, and it is a waste to maintain and replace it prematurely.
There are also some car owners who are too nervous about the performance of their car. If there is a small problem with the car, they will go to the repair shop as soon as possible. Master Wu of a repair shop believes that many cars have some small problems. It is a normal phenomenon, and it is not important at all. If this is too stressful, the car that is not faulty will be "repaired" and become faulty, and it will cost some money.
No need to keep an eye on the 4S repair station
During the warranty period of the vehicle, you must do maintenance at the 4S shop. If you do not maintain and repair the vehicle at the place designated by the manufacturer during the warranty period, once the vehicle has a problem, it is not within the scope of the manufacturer's claim, and it may be a big loss.
After the car has passed the warranty period, you can go to the repair shop you are familiar with to deal with some minor problems. Not only the materials are cheap, but the labor cost is also cheap. The same maintenance items can save at least half the cost. In the same way, Mr. Wu, who is more expert in cars, also saves money like this. He usually solves minor problems by himself, and goes to the auto parts city to buy materials for maintenance, and then asks a master to maintain the car. However, he will still choose to go to a regular repair shop to solve a major fault.