If you live in a rural area or happen to be taking a holiday in the countryside and your car runs into problems, you might be better off getting it repaired immediately rather than risk bringing it to town and encountering bigger problems along the way. While you might be a bit wary about getting your car repaired in a rural area, worry not. There are plenty of reasons why this might just be the best thing you do for your car and your bank balance too!
Let’s take a look at three major ways by which you can save money on rural car repair.
Using Pre-owned Car Parts
When you’re getting your car fixed at a rural garage, chances are you won’t be able to look for new car parts to replace the ones that aren’t working too well. However, you will have access to used car parts which are in perfect working order and are a mere fraction of the cost of getting a new part. So if you can save money by using pre-owned car parts, that’s good for you right? All you need to do is get the garage to help you search for the right part, preferably a used car lot with spare parts where you can get what you need.
Saving on Labor and Overheads
Garages in the cities tend to cost a lot more, with the prime costs being those of labor and overheads. Car dealerships have the highest labor charges with garages charging slightly less than them. However, any garage in a rural area is bound to have lower labor charges, and they won’t even fix any overheads on you, mostly because they don’t pay as much for rent and utilities compared to urban garages and dealerships. You can even negotiate a better deal for repairing your car, which might not be possible in the city since many dealerships and garages frown upon the practice of negotiation.
Getting Better, more Personalized Service
When it comes to repairing your car, you want the best man for the job, right? In the city, most car mechanics and garages are pressed for time which is why they cannot dedicate a lot of time to your car. You might end up with a poor, rudimentary job done at the end of the day which ends up costing you more in the long run. In any rural garage, you can expect your car mechanic to take their time and fix up your car lovingly, fine-tuning all repairs so your car runs more efficiently for a longer period of time. This will not only cost you less in terms of labor, it will also ensure you save on your car budget in the future!
About the author: Stephen Alton is a mechanic living in Boulder. He writes extensively about car-related issues.