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    Car repairs contribute to a lot of financial stress in an average Indian household. Repairs on one’s vehicle are difficult to predict. And when the car owner also has to bear the cost of routine maintenance, the costs can quickly add up.

    Here we elaborate on a couple of things you can do to keep your car maintenance and repair expenses to a minimum.

    1. Choose the car type carefully - The cost of maintenance of your vehicle largely depends on the type of car itself. For instance, cars that are locally assembled usually have lower cost of maintenance. On the other hand, luxury cars and imported vehicles have high repair/maintenance costs.
    2. Have knowledge about average repair costs - Several studies have found that car owners can get significant discounts on repair costs just by being knowledgeable of the average costs in the market. This way they will be able to bargain and bring down the quoted price. So, it is imperative that you do a good amount of research on car maintenance and the costs involved before you actually approach a service centre.
    3. Approach a trustworthy mechanic - It is useful to be acquainted with a good mechanic who does not indiscriminately charge high costs for repair/maintenance work. It is best to get feedback from family members or friends; you can even check online reviews for reputable garages.
    4. Find discounts on car repairs - When getting your tyres replaced or brakes checked, you can receive discounts by searching online for such benefits. Several dealerships have year-end discounts on car maintenance/repair which are usually clubbed with a car purchase. In case you are looking to buy a new car, take advantage of these discounts.
    5. Second opinion matters - Similar to the case of a major surgery, a second opinion can give a lot of reassurance before you undertake a major repair work on your vehicle. For instance, if you have been advised by a mechanic to replace the engine, you can always approach another authorised service centre for their feedback.
    6. Service your car as needed - It is important to keep your car in good shape but not all services are mandatory. The user manual of your vehicle will have a maintenance schedule that points out when the vehicle should undergo servicing.
    7. Be an informed customer - You should be able to understand the amount of repairs suggested by the mechanic. You can ask a lot of questions in this regard, and even go to another service centre if something doesn’t feel right. Extra attention to details will only be beneficial to the car and your finances.

    The Significance Of Preventive Maintenance:

    It is advisable to do regular preventive maintenance on your vehicle to save a lot of money in the future. However, this is usually a grey area for many car owners, particularly the new ones. Not everyone is clear on what preventive maintenance is, when it should be done, and how one can do it. Listed below are some preventive maintenance techniques using which you can keep your ride in top condition:

    • Read the owner’s manual - As indicated above, your vehicle maintenance schedule will be within the owner’s manual; so you should read it carefully. You may also find the manufacturer’s recommendations on the frequency of change in oil, timing belts, filters, and more. Remember, if you do not follow the recommendations from the car manufacturer, your warranty may be voided and you may incur heavy expenses for the repair of your vehicle.
    • Learn the basics of inspection of your vehicle - It helps a lot if you are able to handle small repair work on your car by yourself. Learn to check the air pressure in the tyres, listen for strange sounds from the inside, and check for anything else out of the ordinary. Monitoring your car’s fluids/oils, inspecting the battery, and checking the timing belts are crucial in ensuring that your vehicle is in good condition for longer. In case your windshield wipers are worn out, get them replaced - this is something that does not cost much and can be done easily by yourself. Monitoring the air filters and spark plugs are also tasks that should be done regularly.

    There are certain things you can do yourself to maintain your car well. However, when you find bigger issues, it is best to consult a professional without too much of a delay.

    Delaying the repair of obvious issues, leaks, or sounds will certainly increase your expenses down the line. Similarly, you should not delay in getting your car insurance renewed, as a break in insurance can amount to significant losses in the future.

    Car Insurance Reviews

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    • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a car insurance policy with ICICI lombard from last 1 year, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. A premium of Rs 7000 has to be paid every year for this insurance policy. They cover bumper to bumper damage and i had no claim experience so far.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jul 20, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I got Car insurance from Hdfc ergo As The premium amount is nominal one am satisfied with it , as it has low premium amount with cashless garages comprehensive cover with bumper to bumper coverage .Customer service and response is good . I pay it every 2 years through on-line banking
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      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I've been using the Bajaj Allainz Car insurance policy for a while now. I have a paid a premium of 15000 per year, the premium will be lowered after 1 year. They also offered a fair IDV value for my car. I've claimed this policy once and the whole claim process was easy and hassle free.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018
    • National Insurance Car Insurance
      "Good Service so far"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My car is insured with the National Insurance. I have a paid a premium of 27000 and I don't know much about the policy in detail. So far it has been a good experience and I never claimed this policy.
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      , gurgaon
      Reviewed on Jul 14, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my car insurance with Bajaj Allianz from last 6 months, a premium of Rs 12500 has to be paid every year for this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. They cover bumper to bumper damage and i am satisfied with it.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my car insured with National Insurance from last 5 years, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. I pay a premium of Rs 5500 for this insurance and they cover third party damages.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold a car insurance policy with HDFC ERGO from more than 4 years, a premium of Rs 8000 has to be paid every year for this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. I am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Car Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My car is insured with the National Insurance. I have Claimed it once and it was a seamless experience. I am paying a premium of 12000 an year and the IDV value was also fair for my car. Overall it has been a very good experience with the national insurance.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018
    • Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I've taken a Car Insurance policy with the IFFCO Tokyo. I am paying a premium of 30000 Per year, they also offered a fair IDV value for my car. The policy has got roadside assistance and cashless garage facility as well. I've claimed the policy twice. It was very fast and they precessed the claims with out any hassle.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Average Policy"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      My car insurance is with HDFC ERGO from last 1 year, i pay a premium of Rs 12000 and it has to be paid every year for this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. I am not happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
      "Good Service so far"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My car is insured with the Bajaj Allianz. I am paying a premium of 6000 year, I do not have any claim experience. It provides road side assistance and cashless facility in selected garages. Overall it has been a hassle free experience with the car insurance policy.
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      , gurgaon
      Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My car is insured with the Bajaj Allainz. I am paying a premium of 16500 per year for Zero depreciation. I do not have any claim experience with the policy still considering the plan coverage and policy benefits it has been a good experience with the policy so far.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018
    • United India Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken car insurance from United India assurance Am satisfied with the premium month even i had claim experience they responded very well for claiming process, this policy doesn't cover bumper to bumper cover as my car got old. Making the payment annually through the agent.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold a Car insurance with ICICI lombard from last 7 months, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. They cover bumper to bumper damages and i pay a premium of Rs 10500 for this insurance.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jul 06, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my car insured with HDFC ERGO from last 3 years and it is a good policy to use. I pay a premium of Rs 6300 for this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. I am happy with the coverage value and they cover bumper to bumper damages.
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      , kochi
      Reviewed on Jul 05, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Below average service"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      Taken car Insurance from Hdfc general insurance company for last 2 years .And am making payments through on-line banking service annually . It has the benefits of bumper to bumper coverage , cashless garages Their customer service and response is good . It has good coverage policy.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jul 03, 2018
    • United India Car Insurance
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have four wheeler, whuich have insured with the United India Insurance company. I would like to say that the response is an excellent one too with the United India Insurance company. Coverage value is around 2.9 lakh Rupees with them as such.
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      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Jul 03, 2018
    • Tata AIG Car Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My car is insured with the Tata Aig Car insurance. I pay a premium of 15000 per year. They have also offered me a fair IDV value for my car. I never had any issues with the their services. Overall I never had any issues with the car insurance policy so far.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jul 02, 2018
    • review Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my car insured with Bharti Axa general insurance from last 2 years, i have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. I pay a premium of Rs 11500 for this car insurance. The coverage value is good with this insurance and they cover both bumper to bumper and third party.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jul 01, 2018
    • National Insurance Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My car is insured with National insurance from last 10-12 years and it is one of the good policy. I pay a premium of Rs 9000-10000 for this car insurance. I have claimed once in 2010 and the experience was very good, road side assistance was given and there was a cashless garage.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Jul 01, 2018
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