Ironically, this is where car repairs first go wrong.Right there on the dealer lot, before the first payment is ever made, despite all of the feel good notions of a brand new car purchase, it goes wrong. Very wrong. So wrong that this shiny new car can steal tens of thousands of dollars from you.
There is more to owning a car than simply making car payments. Sure everyone thinks of insurance and gas. But what about maintenance and repairs? Yeah, yeah the salesman says the dealer will perform free maintenance for a period of time and of course there is the bumper to bumper warranty and an extend warranty is available for more money (a waste of money and a subject for another article). But these only cover simple things or things that do not normally wear out.
In other words the free maintenance, the bumper to bumper warranty and the extended warranty do not cover items that are suppose to wear out. Items like Tires, Brakes, Batteries Shocks, Struts Wheel Alignment and many other items that have to be replaced as a normal operation of owning a car.
Depending on the type of shinny new car purchased, some of the items can exceed the car payment several times over. But no one will ever talk about that on the dealer lot. They will never tell you an oil change for that brand new baby car is $200 dollars each or that replacement tires are $2,000, yes Two Thousand dollars for a set of tires. So if you are investing in a new car here are a few tips to help get off on the right foot.
Buy From The Top Five Car Makers
Not in any particular order GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota. Why are they the top five? They build the most number of cars. This can save you money with service and repairs. Their popularity means that there are thousands of places to get the car repaired. This competition provides you with dozens of choices for your car care needs and will save you money. There is nothing wrong with many other brands of cars, just keep in mind that they will most likely cost more money to service or repair than the top five car makers.
Buy A Model From The Middle
All of these car makers have several models. The high end luxury models will cost more to buy and more to service and maintain. Just as bad are the low end models while cheap to buy, many times they are very expensive to repair and service. Stay in the middle of the model line, an average car , with average features will be much more popular and much less to service or repair in the future.
Find Out How Much The Tires Cost
Often cars are purchased with an appearance package or performance packages with a tire that is some ridiculous size with an even more ridiculous price. The tires will have to be replaced at some point. Most likely before you get the car paid off. Finding out that a set of tires cost $2,000 dollars after the purchase of the car is no fun.
Take the time to look and jot down the tire size. Make a few phone calls or visit our online tire selector to see how much those tires will cost when it comes time to replace them. You can check tire price on our web site just follow this link: marlborotire.com/search for tires .
Taking these tips into consideration when buying a car will lower your cost per mile and save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Marlboro Tire and Automotive
Better Products - Better Service - A Batter Choice
0.08 Cents per mile saves $75,000 !11/22/2016
It's soooo simple, perhaps too simple.
EVERY MONTH WITHOUT A CAR PAYMENT SAVES MONEY !
Understanding how powerful this statement is and how much money there is to be saved can not be fully realized without learning some basic hard facts about cars.
The numbers tell a real story. A story that will save money or can cost money. If the average car is $30,000 dollars financed for 72 months (6 years) at $500.00 per month, that person would spend $36,0000 dollars on that car. Yep $6,000 dollars just in interest on the loan.
At the end of that 72 months or 6 years of driving at an average of 15,000 miles per year, the car would have 90,000 miles on it. Honestly most 6 year old cars will have many more. If that car were to last the average age of 10 years at 15,000 miles per year, the odometer would read 150,000 miles or more in most cases.
The question is... In 6 years do you want to be driving a pile of junk? A car so bad that every mile is a lucky one and you know that another 6 years of $500 dollar a month car payments is just around the corner.
Would you rather be driving a safe, dependable, reliable 10 year old car that you KNOW will get you where you need to go when you want to go? Saving you thousands of dollars in car payments.
In future articles I'll share with you tips on how to keep your cost per mile as low as possible while protecting your automotive investment. In the mean time current Marlboro Tire and Automotive customers can view their car repair history on line any time. Simply visit our website and click on the "My Service Records" or follow this link http://www.marlborotire.com/mechanic-net.html
Marlboro Tire and Automotive
Better Products - Better Service - A Better Choice
Over my 35 year career I have witnessed thousands of dollars wasted on bogus car repairs and perfectly fine cars destroyed by cheap fixes. Your car is one of the most expensive things you will own. It can cost 20,30,40,000 dollars or more. If serviced and maintained correctly it can and will last 10 or more years, providing you with hundreds of thousands of miles of trouble free, safe, reliable service AND SAVE YOU MONEY.
It's really frustrating for me, seeing one of the worlds most complicated machines (your car) beat in to the ground with poor repair workmanship, poor quality parts or butchered by someone who doesn't know which end of the screwdriver to hold.
Our current customer database started in 1999 and has grown to over 18,000 customers with over 65,000 repair orders. I have seen plenty of senseless situations that cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, often for no good reason other than someone was being cheap.
It doesn't have to be this way. A car can be a reliable investment for many years and hundreds of thousands of miles. It is with this blog that I hope to share information on how to protect your automotive investment by using better products, better service, and making better choices. Following this approach will provide you with the lowest cost per mile and save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.
Marlboro Tire and Automotive
Brian is a third generation automotive service professional with 38 years of experience. His practical approach to auto repair has helped thousands of customers protect their automotive investment while saving them money.