Finances greatly influence our decision making process. Certainly hindsight is 20/20. When you are presented with a repair estimate one of the most important questions is: What will happen if I delay this repair?
Last week we towed a 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo. The vehicle had a broken ball joint. When the ball joint broke, the tire and wheel assembly dented the fender and now the door contacts the fender when opening. The halfshaft was also damaged. The customer knew that her car needed ball joints but chose to delay the repair. The estimate for the ball joint repair was $147.00 parts and labor per side. The price to replace the ball joint and halfshaft including towing was $351.00 not including the body damage!!!
We see this cascade of events often. Broken timing belts causing bent valves, Flat tires due to no tread, destroying wheels, ignored oil changes ran for 15,000 miles, ruining engines. Remember the Fram oil filter commercial of a technician saying “pay me now or pay me later”?
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Just had a 2006 Jeep Commander towed in. It is 20,000 miles past due for an oil change! The engine has valve and piston damaged which will require a rebuild or replacement. Regular maintenance would have prevented this and saved thousands of dollars.