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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring – #15

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring.

This week we’re looking at car parts. Should your car break down or fail it’s MOT, the parts that need replacing could severely increase the cost of motoring, especially if you rely on your garage to source them for you. However, you can help yourself cut the cost of motoring by sourcing the parts yourself.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #15 – Car Parts

Book Theory Test Today says: “It will take a bit of work on your part, but sourcing your own car parts could save you a tidy sum and cut the cost of motoring long-term. Prior to getting your motor fixed, ask your garage for separate quotes – one for labour and one for parts. Then ask if they would fit the parts if you sourced them.”

Firstly, not all garages will fit parts that you’ve sourced, after all it means they’re losing money, so be sure to check first. If they don’t, and you can’t find someone else to do it, you can save more by fitting the parts yourself. However, it’s always recommended that you get an expert to do it on your behalf.

Where can I source car parts?

eBay is considered a great source for finding car parts along with independent suppliers. You can also do online research and compare prices from various sources, while the motorbike and car section of Amazon is also a good place to look. Using these resources could cut the cost of motoring, hugely.

When sourcing your own car parts you need to make sure you have the exact details of the part you require, you can get these from your mechanic. You should get the exact name of the part, the type and the size.

Is your car still under warranty?

The AA says that if your vehicle is still under warranty repairs could be done for free. Having a vehicle within warranty is a massive benefit for cutting the cost of motoring.

However, should you decide to have your vehicle repaired outside of your dealer’s network, you face invalidating your warranty if your garage of choice fails to use parts that match the original specification of your vehicle.

There’s no doubt that if you source your own car parts correctly, you stand to reduce the cost of motoring significantly and with plenty of practice, you will soon become accustomed to finding your own car parts.

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