Paying for Car Repairs

Sun Devil Auto Expert, published on 02/17/2016

What can you expect to pay for your car repairs? The answer to that question will depend on what needs to be fixed. The costliest repairs can reach into the thousands of dollars, and sometimes smaller repairs may run a few hundred dollars. However, we offer useful financing options for our customers, that can help get them back on the road without breaking the bank.

Common Repairs

When you bring your car in for maintenance and repair, you want to be prepared with accurate expectations of the bill. Seven of the costliest and most common car repairs are:

  • Charging systems in modern electrical systems
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Tire pressure monitoring systems
  • Timing belts
  • Suspension components
  • Transmission rebuilds or replacement

Luckily, timing belts and suspension components don’t need to be replaced frequently, but tires and brake components should be replaced periodically. In most of these listed cases, you could spend a few hundred dollars for quality replacement parts and labor. However, by being proactive on your smaller yet very important maintenance services, such as fluid and oil changes or tire rotations, you will be able to extend the life of your vehicle’s larger parts and systems. Your driving habits can also play a part in the frequency of needing larger repairs. If you drive more than the average consumer or exhibit severe driving habits, it is recommended to have your car inspected every few thousand miles (or months) to ensure peak functionality of all systems and parts. Of course with routine maintenance, such as the Sun Devil Auto oil change, you’ll receive a free multi-point inspection to help identify minor repairs before they become major repairs saving you money, down the road.  

Save Money With Preventative Care

As with nearly any issue, the best way to solve the problem is prevention. Even if you don’t have an extensive knowledge of cars and car repairs, you can easily maintain your car with minimal hassle or stress. To do this, have your vehicle inspected regularly. When you bring your car into Sun Devil Auto, we will check all the basics and make sure your vehicle is safe for use.

Identifying an issue early on can make a significant difference in reducing repair costs. For example, changing your brake pads every 25,000 miles will cost around $140 dollars. However, if you don’t regularly refresh your brake pads, your rotors can become damaged and wear unevenly. Replacing rotors and brake pads usually cost much more than getting routine brake pad replacements.

Our Special Financing

If you have to fund a larger vehicle repair, we have several flexible financing options. When you work with our financial team, we’ll help you avoid those large lump sum costs in favor of payments over time that you can afford. We understand that your car is attached to your livelihood, and we want to make sure you can get to work safely and on time. For more information on our financing programs and car maintenance services, give us a call. Our service professionals will be happy to discuss your options with you and guide you towards the solution that works best for you.