Money is tight and you just found out that it will cost $1500 to repair your car at the local mechanic’s shop. They’ve given you a break down of the cost of parts and labour and there’s just no getting around these car repairs.
If you’re looking for a more frugal living friendly route to getting your car fixed, consider contacting a local vocational school where, under the direct supervision of a trained mechanic, students in an auto mechanics class can do the repairs for a LOT less.
You will likely need to know ahead of time what parts they will need to do the repairs. You can then pick these up, for a fraction of the cost, at an auto supply store or order them online—both great ideas for frugal living!
At a vocational school, students are learning their trade so there is a chance your repairs could take marginally longer than they would, had you gone to a regular mechanic’s shop. The good news is, there will be little if any extra cost for the repairs outside of the cost of the parts.
Do something great for your community and save your money!
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