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Save Money By Working on Your Car Yourself

buildings-1851246_640We live in a world where owning a functional vehicle is more of a necessity than a luxury, but for some, owning a luxury vehicle is a necessity. A Porsche is one of those majestic automobiles. For some, it is the epitome of class, style and sport.

There are a lot of costs associated with buying and driving a vehicle that make car ownership come with a pretty hefty price tag. Once you buy the vehicle, pay for the insurance, and get registration taken care of  – you still have to deal with the costs of keeping your ride reliable. These costs include parts, repairs and maintenance.

While it’s important to have a local mechanic that you trust to work on your beloved automobile when something goes wrong, relying on them to do routine maintenance can get expensive. Mechanics that specialize in high-end European sports cars such as a Porsche are highly trained, and that expertise doesn’t come cheap.

However, if you learn how to handle some basic maintenance on Porsche parts yourself, you can save a lot of money and still drive the luxury car of your dreams.

Buy Your Porsche Replacement Parts Online

Going to a local auto parts store to purchase the genuine Porsche parts you need is convenient, but that convenience comes with a much heftier price tag. Buying OEM and performance Porsche parts online will usually be significantly cheaper, so depending on what parts you are fixing it may be worthwhile to wait for the parts to arrive in the mail. Stores such as eEuroparts can hook you up with either OEM or aftermarket parts specifically designed for your exact Porsche vehicle. In addition to better pricing, shopping for parts online also gives you a wider variety to choose from than your local retailer or dealership.

Change Your Own Oil Filter and Fluid

According to Cost Helper, having your oil changed by a standard auto shop can cost anywhere from $20 to $55 and even more at a specialty shop. And for your Porsche automobile, you’re looking at over $100-price tag. If a synthetic oil is used, the costs rise even more. Changing the oil fluid and filter on your own, only costs a fraction of the price. Again, the price may be a little higher depending on what type of oil and filter you plan on using.

Fortunately, changing your vehicle’s oil is not a difficult task. How often you change the oil will depend on how you drive your vehicle. The standard recommendation for conventional motor oil is every 3 months or 3,000 miles, changing it at whichever milestone you meet first; for synthetic oil, that goes up to 1 year or 10,000 miles. You should read the owner’s manual on your car to see what the manufacturer recommends when it comes to oil changes.

Change Your Own Brake Pads

The thought of doing work on the brakes of your vehicle might be intimidating, but you can do it. Did you know the average cost to have a professional change your brake pads is $150 per axle? The price can even be as much as $300 per axle, especially for higher end automobiles like Porsche. Brake pads themselves may cost between $50 and $100 depending on where you get them and what brand you go with. You can save anywhere from $50 to $200, on average, just by changing those brake pad parts on your own.

If you follow a step-by-step guide, changing your brake pads is also a part repair you can do without the assistance of a professional. The lifespan of brake pads can range from 25,000 to 75,000 miles depending on what brand of brake pads you purchase, the condition of the rest of your vehicle’s brake parts, and, of course, your driving habits. If your brakes start making high pitch noises, start squealing or start leaking a dark fluid, if the brake pedal becomes hard to push or if the ABS caution light comes on, it’s probably time to change your brake pads.

Get Adventurous

Now that you have mastered some basic maintenance tasks, it’s time to make your Porsche into the ride of your dreams. Start with upgrading your suspension system. It’s easier than you think. With the right tools, you can also change things like spark plugs, belts and more. As your confidence grows, try to tackle more complex repairs and save yourself even more money, all while having the satisfaction that you did the job right, and all by yourself to boot.

Yes, owning a vehicle is expensive…. Owning a Porsche is simply extravagant. Owning any kind of vehicle, however, does not mean you have to shell out hundreds of dollars every time your vehicle needs parts repaired or replaced. If you follow step-by-step guides, watch DIY videos, and buy your own car parts, you’ll save tons of money on auto repairs and maintenance.

 

Do you DIY your car repairs? What have you hired done?

 

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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