We all dread to have to shell out a few hundred dollars for an auto repair, but the fact is that it’s either that or take the bus, right? Well, it’s certainly true that any car or vehicle that you own is likely to require an auto repair at some point in its life, there are a few things that you can do to limit the likelihood of a costly repair and to make sure that you save the most money when you do end up having to bring your vehicle into the auto shop.

So, what are these magical tips? Well, they’re not exactly magical and many of them are common sense, but that doesn’t mean that most people follow them. It all starts with what kind of car you drive, of course. When you are shopping for cars, make sure that you take into account the full cost of ownership for any vehicle. Sites like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds now provide these metrics which will allow you to actually judge how much a car will cost you to own, including fuel, maintenance and any expected auto repair.

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Putting off that auto repair could cost you more down the road. (photo by Nacmias Auto Sales, Service, and Repairs via Flickr)

Purchasing a vehicle with a lower cost of ownership will save you money in the long-run. You might be surprised to know that some vehicles are worth spending a bit more if they are cheaper to own. Of course, when you actually need that auto repair there are also a number of ways to make sure that you save the most possible at the auto shop.

The most obvious way to do this is to comparison shop. One thing that nearly any auto repair shop will offer is a free estimate. So, provided that your car is mobile and you can drive it to get multiple estimates, you should certainly take advantage of this kind of ability. This is the most basic rule of saving money when shopping, but many people forget to actually do this. Yes, it can be more hassle but it can also save you money. Of course, on the other hand you may have an auto shop that you implicitly trust (which would be Fort Collins Foreign Car Service, right?) and you may want to take your vehicle there because you know they do good work (we do..)

Last, but not least, you will want to keep up on all of your maintenance to reduce the likelihood of a more costly repair. And drive safely on the roads. Altogether you could save hundreds or even thousands over the life of your vehicle heeding this advice. So, it’s a good idea to think long and hard about it.