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How Your Teenagers Can Save Money on Car Repairs

Practically everyone is going to deal with a handful of car troubles over the years, and your teenager might not know how to take care of those unexpected issues. Here are a handful of tips and tricks that you can use to help your teen save money on repairs and parts for their vehicle.

Stick to Regular Maintenance

One of the easiest ways to keep your repair costs to an absolute minimum is to carry out preventative maintenance. Even though most modern vehicles are very durable, they must stand up to an incredible amount of wear and tear. Carrying out regular maintenance will greatly increase a vehicle’s lifespan and reduce your teen’s risk of a catastrophic breakdown. That includes tasks such as rotating the tires, checking the tread on the tires, replacing the oil, inspecting the belts, and topping off the fluids.

Carefully Choose Your Mechanic

It might be tempting to go with the most affordable mechanic in your area, but that could end up costing you in the long run. Most mechanics are reputable professionals, but some of them are going to cut corners whenever possible. Before your teen takes their car to a mechanic, you need to read all of their online reviews. You might also want to ask them what types of warranties or guarantees they offer on their work.

Buy Used

While some vehicle parts should always be purchased new, a wide variety of used parts are going to be perfectly acceptable. You should spend a little bit of time looking up auto wreckers that sell parts for the specific make and model of your child’s vehicle. If they have a Mustang, then you might want to keep an eye out for a wrecker that specifically sells used Ford Mustang parts. Used parts are especially a good option for cosmetic pieces that won’t affect the structure or function of the vehicle.

Don’t Ignore the Early Warning Signs of Car Troubles

Many teenagers never even think about the unusual noises or vibrations that are coming from their vehicles, and that could lead to expensive repairs. In many cases, major mechanical problems can be avoided as long as the warning signs are caught early on. Your teen should keep an eye out for issues such as unpleasant smells, smoke coming from the engine, warning lights in the cluster, rattling noises, and vibrations.

In addition to these few tips, you can also teach your teen how to carry out basic maintenance and repairs on their own. With a little bit of training and some inexpensive tools, they could end up saving thousands in the coming years.

Tim Esterdahl

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