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How to Upgrade Your Car Without Downgrading Your Wallet

by on April 10, 2014
 

These days, we are all trying to find different methods and alternatives to save money. The same goes for our cars. Before taking your vehicle into the repair shop, consider the DIY tips below. You may find that you can save yourself some money, and who doesn’t want that?

1. Choose Specialty Dealers for Part Upgrades

By doing a simple Google search for car parts, those who want to get their hands dirty can quickly and easily find a part they need for their vehicle at a discounted price. This may be a smarter alternative than buying a part directly from your car’s dealer or bringing your car into the shop, depending on what needs fixing.

For instance, completing a simpler DIY repair, like replacing your worn Mustang headlights by yourself, could be a worthwhile money saver.  So, if you’re looking to get your hands dirty and can follow directions, look to specialty dealers selling parts at discounted prices when upgrading parts on your vehicle.

2. Prevent the Need for Repairs

One of the easiest ways to stop paying for car repairs is to prevent accidents/damage in the first place. Avoid parking lot dings and scrapes with BumpShox’s and DoorShox’s  products to protect your vehicle’s bumpers and doors. Looking into these products can save you from costly fender-bender repairs.

Another preventive measure to follow to keep your car in better condition is to be aware of your surroundings when parking. Instead of trying to park in a tight space, consider finding another parking space where you have more room. Avoid unnecessary dents and scrapes by parking in a space farther away.

3. Fix Your Scratches

Another way to save money is to be able to fix car scratches yourself. A simple search on YouTube will give you hundreds of results on DIY ways to remove scratches. Something as little as a tiny scratch can cause you a lot of anxiety, but this can be remedied with a little time and elbow grease.

When it comes to repairing paint damage caused by minor scratches, the repair process is relatively easy and pretty inexpensive. You can pick up a touch up paint pen for around $15-$30. The only other items you’ll need are a bucket of soap and water, some sheets of sandpaper, dry towels and some car wax.  The entire repair process should not take long, and knowing that you are saving money will make all your work worth it.

4. Improve Your Car’s Interior Yourself

Just by cleaning the interior of your vehicle, you can make it look and feel more attractive and appealing. Get under your car’s seats; look in the glovebox, cup holders and under the floor mats. Grab your shop vacuum and move it throughout the vehicle and hard to reach places. Remove your floor mats and hit them with a tennis racket to remove hidden dust and dirt. If your vehicle has a leather interior, consider wiping down your seats with leather cleaner. Finally, consider purchasing an inexpensive car cleaning kit that includes everything you need to keep your car clean and looking its best.

5. Have an Emergency Repair Fund Handy

As we have all learned in one way or another, it is better to be safe than sorry. By having an emergency repair fund on hand, you will be prepared for the unexpected. In the event of an accident, it is better to be able to pay for your vehicles repairs out of pocket if possible. Prevent your insurance premium from going up by paying out of pocket.

The next time you are considering bringing your car into the shop; look over these tips, and see if it is really necessary. Depending on the situation, you may be able to do it yourself and save some money!

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