TULSA - Take the driver's seat when it comes to car repairs and you should save money.
This is for those who don't know a caliper from a crankshaft.
First, Consumer Reports says to make sure your mechanic is following the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual.
By following the manual you will avoid costly over-maintenance because you'll know what the manufacturer says is necessary.
Second, you should be aware of your options.
Any garage can do routine maintenance if its done at the proper intervals no matter what your dealer tells you.
Independent mechanics often do not have the overhead of dealers and can charge less.
Third, get a quote in writing to help prevent up-charges without your permission.
And finally, shop around because repair rates for the same car at different garages can vary by several hundred dollars.
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