During these harder economic times with the cost of everything going up while wages and jobs are declining, the average person can help themselves save some money on car repairs and maintenance. Doing a little homework and shopping around can yield great results in all areas besides auto mobiles. Correct tire pressure is the easiest and very effect way to help with fuel economy and prolonged tire life. Easy 3-5% fuel economy increase and up to 50% longer tire life with regular rotation can add up during the course of the year. The best thing I would recommend is using synthetic oils and fluids. Not all Synthetics are the same. Many major commercially advertised companies offer synthetics, but the only one on the market that is a true synthetic, in terms of maximum protection and extended drain interval is AMSOIL.Have a look at this blog post for more info on this.
AMSOIL is the first synthetic marketed in 1972 and the only one that can claim a 1yr./ 25,000 mile oil change interval. As a mechanic and shop owner, I have been using it exclusively for over 20 yrs. with great success. Many of my customers have saved hundreds of dollars a year and many hours of time with fewer breakdowns and visits to the garage. I have personally seen several of my long term customers the past 15 yrs. get 500,000 plus miles on their engines with no rebuild using AMSOIL motor oils, while getting min. 3-6% increase in fuel economy and passing state emission tests.
To save even more money, AMSOIL is available online with over 25% discounts off retail delivered straight to your door. As an AMSOIL dealer, I pass the savings on to my customers. Now that you can save money on parts and fluids, another great way to save on labour is to do it yourself or you can use free internet listing sites like kijji and tanzio to post repairs needed and have mechanics email you where they can bid on jobs you need and find the best price. There isn’t a shop or mechanic out there that couldn’t use extra work. More options and competition is always a benefit for the customer, especially in the auto industry. Many shops like me don’t mind customers bringing there own parts. It save us time ordering and lower overhead trying to stock every item. On that note, a really good way to choose a shop or mechanic is to ask if they mind you supplying the parts. The ones that are not interested in customer service and want to maximize profit with parts markups and upsells will usually not be enthusiastic. Save over 25% on premium synthetic fluids as a preferred customer of Premier Synthetic Products.