Maintenance – How can we make small savings

By | 15th June 2017

Having celebrated Maya’s 100’000 km in Africa, one thing that did have a cost impact during that time is repair and maintenance…. I can tell you that I have learned a lot in the past 4 years about her mechanics…

And so one way of saving is to perform some of the maintenance myself. And the savings can be substantial… For the regular service, it costs me about $100 for the parts (oil, filters, grease…). If I go to a workshop, it is generally over $300. The one thing that I have invested in is a oil pump (for $20) which allows me to do a very clean job anywhere, using any plastic bottles that I recover to keep my dirty oil until I can dispose of it in a workshop.

In the same way, starting some of the jobs, the part I can do, and take the rest to the workshop. So it costs me $15 at the workshop to replace the universal joints if I bring the parts and take the propshaft out and fit it back myself. It costs $30 to have it done by just bring the car and the part.

But the other saving is by knowing prices… getting the parts myself, it is $30 (plus $35 for the parts) but just walking in the workshop in another place would have cost $150 to replace the same universal joints…

And the main saving is to regularly check the car: not picking up that the joints needed changing would have cost an additional $150 for a new propshaft…

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