Do-it-yourselfers can save a lot of money doing car maintenance tasks such as oil changes, battery upkeep, radiator flushes and windshield wiper replacement on their own. These jobs either don’t require tools, or they involve common tools that get plenty of use. However, what about serious repair jobs or car renovations? You may need specialty tools (expensive tools) that you probably won’t use again. Fortunately, there are a few ways to save money.
Borrow the Tools from a Local Store
You can borrow the tools, either from a local auto parts shop such as AutoZone or from a friend. Going the store route is probably better so your friend doesn’t feel pressured to say yes or isn’t waiting on you to return the tools.
The loan a tool program features a diverse array of specialty tools. They can be used for engine repair, air conditioning jobs and steering work, among other things. The most popular tools include torque wrenches, axles/spindle nut sockets, serpentine belt tools and oxygen sensor sockets.
To borrow a tool, go into your local store or put in an order online. When you pick up the tool, leave a deposit. You’ll get all of that money back as long as you return the tool within 90 days. With this method, you get to use a specialized tool for free.
If you decide to keep the tool, the deposit money goes toward the purchase. Type, “auto parts near me,” into your search engine to find the auto parts stores that are closest.
Go the Co-Ownership Route
If you have at least one friend who enjoys DIY auto repair, how about co-ownership? You and your friends all put in the money to purchase tools, and each of you gets access to the tools. The money invested could be an equal amount for everyone, or it could be proportionate to estimated use. Involving money in your friendships can be risky, but it does work out in many cases.
Jump on Good Deals
Borrowing or sharing a tool may be workable. Sometimes, though, you do want to own the tool. Perhaps you plan on using it frequently enough, but it’s more expensive than you would prefer. In these cases, jump onto a good deal when you see it. For example, one time-sensitive deal is the friends and family 20 off. Enter the purchase code at checkout, and you get free shipping plus 20% off orders of $100.
To ensure you don’t miss a deal, sign up for emails (or your preferred notification type) from your favorite auto parts retailers. Some stores even have programs that let you accrue rewards. For instance, AutoZone Rewards gives you a $20 credit when you make five purchases of at least $20.
DIY mechanics need affordable options for the various tools they work with. Consider a program such as Loan-A-Tool. It costs nothing as long as you return the tool within 90 days. Co-ownership is another good option, and there are bound to be great deals on occasion.