When you need to get your car repaired, there’s naturally going to be a cost involved – from replacement parts to the time and labour costs needed to fit them.
Garage and labour costs can vary depending on the age of your car, the type of vehicle and the work that needs doing. So what can you do to make sure you keep repair costs down?
The first thing to look at is the type of repair your car needs. Your car will have a number of warning lights that indicate what a problem might be, from bulbs that have gone out to coolant or oil levels being too low.
Understanding what the warning lights on your dashboard mean give you a better chance of identifying what is wrong with your car. You can then decide if the necessary repairs are something you can do yourself or will require an expert.
In some cases, you can save a fortune by doing smaller, simple repairs yourself. For example, checking and topping up fluids in the engine, checking tyre pressure, changing bulbs, and polishing out scratches in your paintwork.
These are all simple car repairs you can do yourself, or with the help of a friend or family member.
The costs for new oil, coolant, bulbs, etc, are all relatively low. The hit to your finances comes from visiting a garage to get quick and simple jobs carried out on your car.
Garage prices vary across the country, with costs differing between national franchised chains and smaller independent garages.
If you absolutely need to get your car to a garage, consider calling one or two near to where you live and see how much they charge per hour. Or, if you know what repairs need doing, get a quote for the work.
Shopping around can sometimes net you a good deal on your repair costs.
Keep in mind that some garages specialise in specific work. For instance, you might have a problem with your car that a garage mechanic could diagnose, but needs specialists to repair. For example, if you need to go to a body shop to repair or replace specific bodywork on your car, or if you need wheels or replacement tyres in a hurry.
Depending on the work you need doing, going to a specialised garage might provide savings as they are set up for specific work.
At Hippo Motor Finance, all of our vehicles are subjected to an in-depth, multi-point quality check before you drive them away. This means you can be assured that your vehicle is reliable and of the highest quality.
Our experts are dedicated to making sure you find the right car, at the right price. To find out more about how we could help you, get in touch with a member of the team, below.
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|Loan Amount||Total Cost of Credit||Representative APR||48 Monthly Payments||Deposit Amount||Loan Term||Total Amount Payable|
|£7,500||£3019.16||19.1% APR||£219.77||£0||48 Months||£10,519.16|
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