Affording Auto Repair

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Affording Auto Repair

I wish that I knew how to do my own auto repairs, but I’m just not mechanically inclined. I’ve tried to learn to do basic things, but so far it just hasn’t worked out for me. Since I can’t save money by doing my auto repairs myself, I try to save money as best I can by shopping around for the best deals in auto repair in my town. I’ve also learned that even if I can’t fix my own car problems, I can educate myself about them. You’d be surprised how many repair shops will try to charge you for unnecessary repairs. I’ve learned enough that I understand how to spot those unnecessary charges and avoid them, and I stick with the shops that I know aren’t trying to cheat me.

Using Scrap Yards To Learn About Cars

People pass over scrap yards because they want newer parts, or at least parts that come with guarantees and return policies. For some parts, it makes sense. After all, removing a pair of old disc brakes from a vehicle and slapping them on your car isn't the wisest idea. Yet, there's another part of scrap yards that people overlook — the knowledge and experience gained from tinkering under the hoods of old vehicles.

Auto repairs are inevitable. Unless you're replacing expensive parts, the cost of labor is generally the most expensive part. Average costs for labor range from $60 to $90 per hour, and they're usually rounded up. So, replacing those spark plugs that only cost $15 can cost anywhere from $75 to $105 with labor.

If you repaired your car yourself, you'd save money. This is where do-it-yourself scrap yards help. They're because of the following reasons.

  • No Fees to Visit - Do-it-yourself scrap yards buy cars from private sellers. After both parties agree on a price, the scrap yard sends a tow-truck, or receives the incoming vehicle. Sometimes the vehicles are placed in marked areas that correspond to different makes. However, many dump them in the next available space. All you have to do is show up and ask to look around.
  • You Can Have Anything You Haul Out - Whether you're searching for a hood ornament, a bench seat, or even the trim along the side of a car, you can have it. Once you remove it, you alert the manager, or whoever is in charge of sales, they calculate a price, and you take it home.
  • It's Fine To Take Things Apart - If for some reason you want just one piston from a V8, you can have it. You're the one doing the work and you are allowed to remove everything else on the engine. It's best not to destroy anything though. Other customers might need the parts and scrap yards are businesses through-and-through.

So, let's say you want to learn how to change spark plugs, but you don't want to destroy the engine of the car you rely upon for work. No problem. Find a local scrap yard and let them know what you plan to do. They probably won't have a problem with it, and they might even suggest a few good cards to start with.

Not only will this help you learn more about cars and cut down on future repairs, but there's a good bet they'll have future business from you. For more help, contact a company like Bodyline Auto Parts & Wreckers for information.