Anyone who has their own car knows that even the smallest repairs can cost a lot of money. How you can still save money when you visit the workshop.
Many young people who have just got their driver’s license dream of owning a car, but shy away from the high purchase prices. What they don’t know, however, is that getting a car is often more expensive than buying it yourself. Insurance, petrol or regular checks can consume a considerable part of the salary. And should something be repairable, there are costs that can be quite high – if you are not careful.
The Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) has found that German drivers spend an average of up to 440 euros a year on repairs and maintenance of their cars. And accident repairs are not even included in this amount. Nevertheless, these are costs that cannot be avoided, because something always breaks. But if you pay attention and keep an eye on the situation, you can save a lot of money.
For example, the Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel eV advises that you can find out more about car parts on the free market and not only from the car manufacturers themselves. You don’t draw any disadvantages from this – on the contrary: parts made available by the supplier usually bring the same Performance like the manufacturer. They are also cheaper. Furthermore, motorists often visit manufacturer-related workshops because they fear that they will get problems with the warranty. But there is no justification for this: only those who cause the problem pays in the event of a warranty, but not when checks or repairs are carried out.
Caution: workshop traps
But high costs are not only incurred because of the individual parts or repairs; they can often be attributed to cheating by the workshops. For example, if the windshield water does not necessarily have to be topped up, but this is still done in the workshops and you are left with the costs. Or if the more expensive variant of a rain sensor is offered when replacing the windshield, although the old one can simply be reattached to the new windshield.
Last but not least, you should check the workshop invoice carefully and discuss with the respective workshop what is meant by the respective points. Checks such as a test drive or brake check are already included in the inspection package and may not be billed separately – but this does happen. You should also ask what is meant by “small parts” or “consumables”. If the mechanics cannot provide any information, the points are illegal and may not be billed.
Do it yourself
Anyone who is technically gifted and wants to avoid repair costs can do it themselves. There are a number of repairs and maintenance that you can actually do yourself. For example, changing winter and summer tires. If you have some basic knowledge and a torque wrench, then the perfect conditions are given.
You can also take care of the washing of the car yourself, which is essential for the good maintenance of a vehicle: “A clean engine tends to malfunction and repairs much less,” as Eberhard Lang from TÜV SÜD said according to BILD. Even minor damage to the paintwork, changing air filters or replacing turn signal and parking light bulbs is something for the skilled craftsman.
But most of all you save if you handle your vehicle carefully. If you drive carefully, follow the rules and take care of your car regularly, you have the best prerequisites for something that breaks down less often