Hi folks, J.G. Wentworth here. Ever walk into an auto repair shop and feel like you may as well be handing over a signed blank check? Ever walk out of an auto repair shop with your car fixed but your wallet much lighter than you ever expected?
If the answer to either question is yes, you are not alone. Most folks simply do not know a lick about car repairs, and consistently find themselves at the mercy of auto repairmen – some of whom unfortunately take advantage of their customers’ ignorance.
So if you are like so many of our other J.G. Wentworth customers, and try extremely hard to stretch your hard-earned dollars as far as possible, here are six great tips on how to save money on car repairs.
1) Get to know your car!
When it comes to auto repairs, the biggest weakness most folks have is that they simply do not understand what the auto mechanic is telling them. So take some time and educate yourself on what’s under your hood; it may save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars over the life of your car.
2) Bring in the replacement auto parts to the mechanic
Want to avoid any markups on auto parts? If you know the part or parts your car needs, you should be able to purchase them yourself from an auto supply store, and then bring it to the mechanic for installation.
3) Problems under your hood? – Don’t wait to bring your car in!
If you have a sense that something is wrong with your car, continuing to drive it until it is convenient for you to bring the car in is frequently the worst thing you can do. The moment you sense trouble – or a warning light on your car goes off – bring it in!
4) Practice preventative care
A better option than waiting for trouble to strike is to always take proper care of your car on a regular basis. This includes performing regular oil and oil-filter changes, and making sure your tires have the right air pressure. And if you bring your car to a mechanic for an oil change, don’t hesitate to grab a few minutes of the mechanic’s time and ask him (or her!) for their general opinion on how your car looks.
5) Find a mechanic you can trust
It is essential that you find a long-term mechanic you believe is both skilled and will treat you fairly. It may sound silly to say, but a great mechanic is like a great physician – and a car as indispensable to our daily lives as a healthy body. Take care of both!
6) Feeling bold? Consider the DIY approach
Last but certainly not least is to consider performing auto repairs on your own. Numerous websites and books have all the information you might need to perform the proper repairs; all you need is some diligence, patience, and the proper tools. You can do it!
We are J.G. Wentworth, the nation’s largest purchaser of future structured settlement and annuity payments. Thousands of customers around the country call us each and every day looking to get money out of their structured settlement or annuity; it is our company’s proud responsibility to give them the best price we can offer for their payments – and to get that money to them as fast as possible.
We know how important every dollar is to them, and we hope our list of auto repair tips will help folks just like you keep their money where it belongs – in their own pocket. If you have any questions about how J.G. Wentworth can help you sell your structured settlement or annuity payments for cash now, please call us at 877-227-4713.