Minimizing the Cost of Tech
Learn About Your Vehicle’s Technology
Take the time to learn all the ins and outs of your vehicle, including the technology used. If you’re purchasing a new car, talk to the salesman to make sure you fully understand what’s used in your vehicle. If you already own your car, break out that owner’s manual and do a little research to verify.
Common car technologies you can expect in your vehicle include:
- Backup Cameras
- Lane Assistance
- Automatic Headlights
- Performance Sensors
- Heated Seats
- Bluetooth & Audio Systems
- Navigation Systems
This is also a great time to make a list of add-ons you like. In Texas, heated seats may not be high on your car wish list. Or perhaps you find lane assistance to be annoying. Taking stock of the car technology you want helps you avoid paying for unneeded items (both at the start and for repairs later on).
Prioritize Needed Repairs
When something goes wrong with your vehicle’s technology, you can expect a higher bill. Especially now, with technology supply chain issues and chip shortages, replacing the tech in your car isn’t always an easy process.
It’s essential to prioritize. Some repairs are immediate, and there are repairs that you may want to put off. For example, sensors and blind-spot technology you may feel, need your immediate attention, while you can hold off on repairing heated seats or audio system issues.
Working with a technician you trust can help you prioritize needed car technology repairs, helping you stay on the road without breaking the bank.
Start Saving Today
Part of owning a vehicle is preparing for car repairs. While some repairs are avoidable, your car requires maintenance services and wear-and-tear repairs throughout its life.
With that knowledge, the time to start preparing is now. Start saving now instead of scrambling to afford the cost of technology repairs. Put away $10, $20, $50, or whatever you can weekly into an emergency fund. That way, if something unexpected happens, you have the money to stay on the road and possibly avoid some of the stress of repair bills.