Financial Tip of The Week #1 – Automobile Hacks
After over a year of blogging, I’ve come to realize that I am one verbose mother trucker. I mean, I literally have articles that I hit 3,000 words and have to tell myself, “Woah, sparky, slow it down a little bit.” As such, I’m going to be saving my big weekly articles for Sundays, just like I’ve been doing for quite some time.
But Wednesdays are now going to feature my Financial Tips of The Week! Unlike my weekly posts, these are going to be very small, highly actionable posts that allow you take steps to save money, earn more, and live a better life TODAY! So, without further ado, because I’ve already put too much ado in this post, here’s your financial tip of the week!
How to Hack your Automobile Maintenance Expenses
If you’re familiar with my work at all, then you know that there are few people that I hate on this Earth more than car salesmen. But if there had to be a runner up, its the guys that run the shops and garages that maintain your car.
I really hate them for much the same reason that I can’t stand car buying: they hold all the information, I can get 5 different mechanics to tell me that the sound I hear is 5 completely unrelated parts, and they throw around a bunch of information and car part lingo around like I’m supposed to understand every goddamn word they use. Honestly, they might as well be speaking Klingon, I would understand about as much.
Now, if I’m not mistaken, mechanics are required by more state laws to post their labor rate somewhere, and even if they’re not, most will tell you what it is. So you can so some price comparison there.
But here is the tip that I’m going to give you that’s can save you thousands over the life of your car. You ready?
…of course you are!
NEVER buy car parts from a mechanic
Just don’t do it ever. EVER!!! Instead, do the following:
- Ask them what they would do to the car. They’ll be happy to tell you all the things that are wrong with the car, because they don’t make any money on a car that’s in perfect shape.
- Most of these recommendations will split the costs into two parts: the labor cost (which you can’t really change) and the cost of the parts (which is where you take your power as the consumer and kick some ass). Be sure NOT to leave until you 100% understand the parts that they would use. Most places I’ve been will include some sort of barcode number, or spell out exactly what the product is, brand and all.
- Hop on Google, or Amazon, and find the part you need. I’ve been able to find parts for 50% of what I would have paid through the mechanic.
- Bring it to a mechanic you trust and get the parts installed. Or if you’re feeling particularly dick-ish, take it back to the same mechanic that was going to overcharge you. Granted, if they’re working on your car, maybe it’s not a good idea to piss them off. But the look on their face might just be worth it… 😉
I’ve saved a good couple of hundred dollars just by using this technique over the course of my driving career. Which, let’s be honest, really hasn’t been that long. But it feels good, every single time, knowing that at least in one way, I’m not getting screwed by the automobile industry.
Till next time, dear readers…
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