We live in a world of time poor cash poor people where our budgets are constantly squeezed to fit in the regular bills with the unexpected expenses. Guides and articles hovering around the internet will tell you that you should always have savings of at least three months wages to back you up if things go wrong. Unfortunately, most of the people who write these guides tend not to live in the real world where the salaries are more minimum wage and less new Tory, Notting Hill banker. One of the monthly expenses many of us simply forget is that of a car repair and maintenance budget.
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- Changing your own brake pads. Sounds scary but it’s actually an inexpensive and simple process. Mechanics at speciality brake shops will charge you hundreds to do something you could do yourself. You just need a wheel lug wrench, basic wrenches, pliers and a jack and stand. A set of new pads costs around £50-60 depending on the car and all you’ll need to do is have a Google for the basic steps on repairing. This’ll save you hundreds in the long run
- Change the battery. Many people take their cars off to the shop to change these over and there’s really no need. They last 4-6 years as it is so it should be easy to tell when a change is coming up. The average price of a new battery is around £30 and a dealer will obviously charge more than that. You only need wrenches and access to Google to know that you should remove the cables carefully and in a specific order so as not to damage the car.
- Do your own oil changes. A quick lube place can charge anywhere from £20 from an oil change. Oil changes come with conditions and some dealers give you lower grade oil so that you need more than necessary changes in the time frame. Cheap oil change is a loss leader!
- Spark plugs need changing. It’s one of the easiest home repairs you can do and they are rarely more than £20 for a set of spark plugs so rather buy yourself and repair than spend £150 for someone else to do it for you.
- Replace headlights. If you are a good car owner you’ll regularly check out your own car to ensure all lights and signals are working efficiently. You’ll know when you need a change and bulbs can cost £50 an hour for a repair at a shop. Bring the old bulb with you to a shop to get a new one as you want like for like and when it comes to change it never touch the bulb with bare hands as the natural grease in your fingers can actually make a bulb burn out early.