With many American families watching every dollar one unexpected expense can break the budget.
Stacy Ellison shows you a way to keep your car in top shape without those traditional high maintenance costs in our Money Saving Monday's.
Carlos Saenz travels to visit clients driving his 99 Toyota Avalon. Outside there are a couple of dings and inside there's some wear and tear as well. But Carlos says it still runs great, even with more than 300,000 miles on it.
"When you work your way through the high mileage that we've worked ourselves through, you know you end up replacing struts, springs,
and that can get expensive," says Saenz.
But Saenz saves money on repairs by taking his Toyota to his local technical center where instructors teach students to fix cars like the pros.
"The big costs savings come in on the larger repairs that's because customers don't pay for labor, only parts. If you have a major component like an evaporator done at a dealership that could easily be $15,000. At the technical center it could cost $400 to $500 dollars," says Saenz.
Over the past 7 years Saenz has spent $4,000 on repairs but saved almost $6,000 by not paying for labor.
A way to keep his Toyota on the road, to smart savings.
You can save money on several different types of services by using technical programs. At Bluegrass Community and Technical College, The Dental Hygiene and Cosmetology programs both offer services to the public at a reduced cost.