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Getting The Best Value Out Of Your Car Service


Any time a vehicle repair is needed, the first thought of the car owner is to try to find the cheapest car service possible. However, finding the cheapest way to fix a broken car and finding the best value for your car service are two different and separate things. While one is cheaper today, the best value is going to be the repair option that prevents the vehicle from having to return to the repair shop in between scheduled service times. For the person focusing on obtaining value from their car service visits, these are some great tips:

  • Don’t Ignore Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled maintenance can be far more than an oil change for many vehicles. Even skipping oil changes to save a few pounds can lead to damage later that costs thousands. Other maintenance items are similar in expense and can cost a great deal to replace if ignored. Timing belt changes are the single most expensive preventative maintenance items to take care of on many cars, but a broken timing belt can completely destroy an engine.

  • Don’t Try to Force the Shop to Give Free Services

While a shop may rotate your tyres for free, asking for this when the shop isn’t doing any work on that part of the vehicle is asking for trouble. They will likely be happy to do this should they be doing brake work on the vehicle but otherwise, asking for a free service can make the shop find other problems to fix that aren’t really there and this could also create other issues that you would rather avoid.

  • Use Good Quality Parts

When given the option, choosing parts that have better warranties will typically yield a part that is of better quality. There are some incredibly inferior parts available these days that not only will not last, but can cause safety issues as well. A well meaning shop may offer these as an option thinking they are helping but for the long term they can cause more problems than they help solve.

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