How can you avoid being one of them?
Begin by putting $20-$50 a month in a car-care savings account to cover the inevitable expenses of routine maintenance and repair.
Here are a few more suggestions to help you avoid a car repair loan crisis:
- When buying a new or used car, look at not only the price and the monthly payment, but also how much that car is likely to cost to own over the coming years. Resources such as Kelley Blue Book’s five-year cost to own rankings can give you some reasonable estimates.
- Stick carefully to the maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer. Today’s cars are better made and can last longer than in the past. But to get the most out of them, keep up the maintenance.
- Find a repair shop you trust. If you are not using a dealership, a good starting point is to check the auto services listed on the Better Business Bureau website. Enter your zip code to find businesses in your area with an A+ rating.
- When you do have to go in for an engine repair, get a written estimate for the work. Try negotiating the estimate and ask if the shop gives any applicable discounts, such as for membership in AAA or AARP.
No matter how new or well-made your car, some repairs are inevitable. So, save yourself the anxiety by knowing you have money saved to cover it or consider exploring car repair loan options if needed. Contact us today for more information on loans for car repairs, maintenance and other financial aspects related to automobiles.