They involve putting wear, tear, and additional miles on your beloved car.
Whether you are chauffeuring passengers around town, delivering meals or picking up groceries, the dollars can really rack up when it comes down to maintaining your ride.
To help you ensure you are spending the least amount of money on the best service, we are going to share easy tips and tricks to stay up on your car care!
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Yes, Groupon! This website isn’t just for finding cheap tickets to neighborhood events. In fact, there are tons of opportunities for car maintenance and supplies you can find on the platform. And if you live in a larger city, even better! Groupon is constantly churning out 10-20%+ off of car deals. The more businesses in your area, the more opportunities to save some green since they competing for your business!
One of the best things about Groupon is that you can wait until the highest percentage is off of a car service, and you can save it on your account. Groupons tend to last 30 or more days, which means you can shop for services you know you will need in the near future right now. So, why not save yourself a spot at 20% or more off when you can and use it later? Am I right?!
Some of the main services to look for on Groupon are:
- Oil changes
- Tire rotation
- Fluid flushes
- Brake maintenance
There are many automotive and service shops that offer 100% free inspections on your vehicle. Some of the free checks you can receive are (but are not limited to):
- Air conditioner checks
- Brake checks
- ‘Check Engine’ lights
And here are just a few auto parts businesses you can contact to see what free inspection services they offer! Don’t forget your local/family name auto shops too.
- Brakes Plus
- Advanced Auto
- O’Reilly Auto Parts
If you have something fishy happening with ole Betsy, then you should always try to have an inspection done when you can. It could save you hundreds of dollars. Typically, all it takes is a quick Google search to find someone who could take a gander at things for you for free.
Friends and Family
If you have any friends or family members that are knowledgeable about cars, use this resource. (Don’t take it for granted, of course.) Chat with them and gain some insight as to what might be going making that weird squealing noise or causing that thud under the hood.
Acquaintances and loved ones can teach you new things about your vehicle from their own experiences that can save you a trunk-full of cash later down the road when that squeal can no longer be drowned out by the radio. (Note: Tuning out unusual sounds with music is not recommended.)
This resource can help you learn a lot about car care and they typically know the cheapest alternatives to otherwise hefty auto shop services. They will be aware of trustworthy places you can take your vehicle to receive needed services, or, better yet, they will be able to perform the services needed to get your ride repaired and back on the road.
Would you rather pay 20 to 30 bucks to treat them to a nice meal or hundreds of thousands to have someone fix it? Your choice!
Thank goodness for the digital age we live in! If you plan to start a side hustle where your car is your lifeline, I encourage you to head over to YouTube and watch some tutorials! Even school cannot beat what you can learn at YouTube University!
Simply type your car’s issue, along with its make and model into the YouTube search bar; you will be utterly surprised at the amount of videos that are tailored just for your vehicle. This is a great way to learn how to do small repairs and maintenance yourself, which can saved you a truckload of money in the long run.
If you do not know how to do the following things, whip out your phone and YouTube it!
- Checking tire pressure (highly recommended for how much we drive)
- Checking engine fluids
- Air filters (easy to replace and saves you money when you go to get your oil
- Self-diagnosing car noises
Shop for Coupons
Besides using Groupon, hit up various service shops in your area. Most repair shops are handing out coupons and deals like candy. You can also check websites and social media of your local shops to see weekly/monthly deals they run to get more customers into their place of business.
Bonus: Keep a List
On my notepad app in my phone, you will find a list of dates and mileage numbers of when I have had repairs or services done on my vehicle. This way, if you have to self-diagnose or inform a mechanic of an issue, you will have the exact date, mileage, and repair/service that your car has already had. If you don’t want to use your smartphone for this, I suggest keeping a designated notepad in your glovebox for these types of notes.
Oh! And on a bonus note, take the time to find gas and service stations that offer free air to keep your tires filled up the appropriate amount. It not only saves you time sifting through your cup holder of change for quarters but also saves you money on gas, too!
We inevitably put a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles, and end up spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year on maintaining the lifeline of your side hustle(s)!
Why not save your hard earned cash when you can?