Regular car inspections in the auto repair shop is essential for the carefree operation and for maintaining the value of the car. Unfortunately, this is also associated with costs that, depending on the vehicle, manufacturer, and maintenance effort, usually have three digits. With the following tips and some preparation, you can save money during the next car inspection.
Tip 1: Bring your engine oil car inspection
A significant cost factor in the inspection is the oil change. Compared to the Internet, the workshops here sometimes charge three times the price for the oil alone. Many do not know that you can bring the engine oil yourself to change the oil. It is essential here that the oil complies with the manufacturer’s specifications and, of course, must be brought in in sufficient quantities. With a short search on the Internet, you can quickly find the required oil in the appropriate quality and quantity at reasonable prices.
Tip 2: Refill the window cleaner yourself before car inspections
During the inspection, the workshops regularly check the other operating fluids and refill them (sometimes without asking) for a fee. I would personally keep my hands off the brake and coolant because you can quickly do something wrong here. However, you can refill the window clear easily by yourself. Window cleaners are available in different concentrations and scents at petrol stations, supermarkets, and also on the Internet. Since I rarely have to refill windscreen cleaner, I always mix it in the same concentration so that it is also suitable for frost in the next winter.
Tip 3: Do minor repairs and maintenance work yourself before visiting the workshop
The windshield wiper lubricates, and the rear light is defective? Such maintenance work should be done before the inspection itself to save on labor costs. The right windshield wipers can be found inexpensively on the Internet (make sure they are the right size or make sure they are suitable for the car). And even a defective light bulb can be bought cheaply from auto parts stores or on the Internet. How to replace the bulb is described in the operating instructions.
Tip 4: Try another workshop in the surrounding area
For the maintenance of the manufacturer’s guarantee, you are no longer bound to the authorized workshop during the first few years. Therefore, it can be worth trying out free workshops for maintenance work. If you still want to go to an authorized workshop, you may not want to choose the friendly service center in the city center, but maybe try the workshop on the outskirts. Such probably has to take more care of its customers and probably also does not have such high fixed costs (for rent, etc.).
Tip 5: If additional repairs are required, have the workshop call you before carrying out the work
If the inspection determines that another maintenance has to happen, always have the workshop call you in advance. Such gives you the opportunity, for example, to find out what the repair means or whether you can not get the required spare part somewhere cheaper by doing a short internet search.…