Keep Your Car Running Like a Champion Without Breaking the Bank
Many of our customers worry about their cars breaking down, so they buy a new one. That’s fine if you really want a new car, but thanks to improved engineering and technology, you can keep the car you have on the road longer than ever before. The trade off for the improved quality found in today’s vehicles is higher maintenance and repair costs to keep their sophisticated systems running.
EXPERT ADVICE AND SAVINGS TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR CAR ON A BUDGET
The upside for customers who choose to drive their cars a few years longer is that it costs much less than the alternative of getting locked into a monthly car payment on a newer car, which also comes with higher auto insurance costs. If you choose to keep your car instead of buying a newer model, you’ll need to keep it well maintained to make it last. Sometimes unexpected repairs will crop up for your car too, but there’s no reason to get stressed out about it. The secret to handling routine car maintenance and unexpected car repairs is budgeting for both before the need for service arises. It can be a struggle to budget for car maintenance and repairs, but it doesn’t have to be; thanks to online budgeting tools like the True Cost to Own® calculator found at Edmunds.com.
Let’s suppose you have a used Toyota Camry, a very popular car in the Tempe, AZ area. Your car is paid off, still looks great and still runs well and you’d like to keep driving it. It might even become your teenage son or daughter’s first car. Now you can make a budget for maintaining your Camry using Edmunds True Cost to Own® calculator. It’s easy to do; you just need to provide some basic information about your car. The calculator estimates the maintenance and repair costs for your car based on where you live, taking into account the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance for the type of vehicle that you own. Edmunds.com shows that car owners who live in Tempe, AZ (in the 85284 zip code) can expect to pay an average of $80.00 per month for routine maintenance and repairs on a popular vehicle like the Toyota Camry during the first five years of ownership.
Likewise, we encourage our customers to set aside this amount each month as an estimated budgeted amount for car maintenance and repairs. The staff at Elite Auto Repair of Tempe, AZ realizes money is tighter than ever before for many of our customers and this may sound like a lot, but it’s much less than the expense of a new car. Budgeting for car maintenance makes good economic sense and will reduce the stress that often comes with unexpected car repairs. Setting aside funds for car maintenance will also help you get the maximum value out of the dollars you spent when you bought your vehicle. When the need for routine maintenance or unexpected repairs arises for your vehicle, you can trust the experts at our Tempe auto repair shop to keep you rolling. We offer competitive pricing and specials on a variety of car maintenance services, so you can enjoy your current vehicle for years to come without breaking the bank.
Perhaps you heard that the owners of the Tesla Model S woke up one morning last month to discover a new software update in their cars, one that included something called “Autosteer”. Interesting! It was indeed a hands-free driving feature. However, Tesla’s people made it abundantly clear its new Autosteer feature wouldn’t work without the driver keeping his hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Did you know you should have your vehicle inspected at least once every year or so? This is because you need to do some preventative maintenance yearly to avoid major problems. After all, most people go see their doctor, optometrist, and dentist once a year so any major health issues can be caught and dealt with as early as possible. You need to do the same for your car. The beginning of the fall is the perfect time to have this preventative maintenance done.