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Pays to Shop Around

August 19th, 2017 at 07:41 am

My husband is getting close to the point of needing to have his timing belt replaced on his Honda Ridgeline. This is based on mileage and owner's manual suggested maintenance. Our local Honda dealership quoted $1200! This seemed high to me based on around $750+ that we paid for our van a couple years ago. My husband called another dealership 30 minutes away this morning and was quoted $899. He also wants spark plugs replaced and those were quoted less as well. We haven't scheduled the maintenance yet, but once we have a free day and the cash set aside we will be getting the work done at the dealership that charges less.

Groceries are slim here at the house today. I think we are going to use a gift card I received for some pet care to try out a new restaurant for lunch. There may be a little out of pocket, but far less than without the gift card! Tonight we will eat dinner in, but we will need a couple items from the store. And then tomorrow I'll hit the commissary for the upcoming weekly food needs. Right now the grocery budget is still looking really good considering how far we are into the month.

Today my husband and I are going to sit down and discuss the budget. I'm excited to see what comes of it! What are we both willing to do in the next year to make our money work towards our goals.

2 Responses to “Pays to Shop Around”

  1. snafu Says:

    thanks for reporting your experience with major routine vehicle maintenance. My nephew buys his vehicles by researching which meet his specific needs, sends an e-mail with make, model, features to all dealerships within 2 hr radius to 'bid.' On a recent visit he explained he's using the same process for scheduled maintenance [must be done at dealership or negates warranty], tires etc. He's been astounded at the cost differentials. I was surprised that several times dealerships have offered temporary vehicle to get around a different suburb. At this time of year it was a 2017 model in hopes to entice a new purchase.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Snafu's nephew seems to have her savvy genes! What a good idea. let us know your plans, CCF!

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