Save Your Money: At the Garage

By April 29, 2016Blog

When you’re doing your best to get out of debt, you know that every dollar counts. You know that you have to maintain your vehicle to keep it running smoothly, but you also know it’s expensive! We’re here to help. Here are a few auto repairs you can do yourself to help stay within your car maintenance budget.

DIY car repairs are a good idea for a couple of reasons. First of all, you will save money, which is great, but you’ll also learn more about your car and how it works, and that’s a skill that will come in handy forever.

Replacing Tires

Everybody should know how to replace a tire, it’s an important safety issue. But if you switch between winter and summer tires, doing this yourself can also save a lot of money. It’s a lot less challenging than your auto shop makes it seem. In fact, there’s even a “for dummies” description!

Replacing Worn Brake Pads

Have you ever heard a high-pitched squeal as a car passes you by? That’s the sound of brake pads that need to be replaced. Like changing a tire, it’s something that your local auto repair place would lead you to believe is very tricky, which is why it costs several hundred dollars. But, with a handy step-by-step guide, the right parts, and a couple of hours in your spare time, this is one you can take care of yourself with relative ease.

Replace a Fuse

Does it surprise you to learn that your car has a fuse box that operates much like the one in your home? It’s true! Check your owner’s manual if you don’t want to take our word for it. If you’re having trouble with signal lights or your dash panel, changing the fuses is a very inexpensive place to start trying to diagnose the problem.

If nothing else, when you take it into the shop, you can let them know what steps have already been taken so they don’t waste time, and your money, on measures that you have already tried!

 

Getting out of debt and saving money doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple steps, like doing simple repairs on your car or in your home, are one place to start. You don’t have to do this alone! With our financial debt and credit counseling, we can help you find the best solution to pay off your obligations and prepare a plan for the future. Let’s get started!