Cheap Car Maintenance Service Columbia SC

Keeping your vehicle's fluids new and clean is priority number one when it comes to minimizing future costs. Frequent oil changes can prevent the buildup of harmful deposits that rob your car of fuel economy and power, as well as make internal components work harder. A harder working engine is one with a shorter life span.

Astro Auto Electric
(803) 772-2100
1168 Saint Andrews Road
Columbia, SC
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Electrical Systems Service & Repair, Used & Rebuilt Auto Parts Retail, Electric Motor Dealers
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays

Harmon Auto Glass
(803) 254-6174
1827 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Frasier Tire Service Inc
(803) 254-5087
1613 Bluff Rd
Columbia, SC
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Firestone Tire & Service Centers
(803) 782-0294
2010 N Beltline Blvd
Columbia, SC
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Elgins of Columbia Inc.
(803) 765-1252
1220 Laurens St
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Towing Service
Hours
Mon:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Tue:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Wed:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Thu:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Fri:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Sat:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Sun:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Payment
Cash

First Vehicle Services-Richland County
(803) 576-2210, 001-2004
400 Powell Road
PO Box 23365
Columbia, SC
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Mechling Brothers Complete Auto Repair
(803) 748-7003
2521 School House Rd
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Air Conditioning Repair, Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:7:30 am-4:30 pm
Tue:7:30 am-4:30 pm
Wed:7:30 am-4:30 pm
Thu:7:30 am-4:30 pm
Fri:7:30 am-4:30 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Credit Card

Carolina International Truck Inc
(800) 868-4923
1619 Bluff Rd
Columbia, SC
Services
Truck Auto Body,Truck Parts

R R Auto Repair Services
(803) 540-0234
2200 Sumter St
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash

Lee Transport Equipment Inc
(803) 799-7860
1300 Bluff Road
Columbia, SC
Services
Fabrication and Restoration,Truck Auto Body,Truck Parts

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How to Reduce Your Vehicle Maintenance Costs

How To Reduce Your Vehicle Maintenance Costs By Brian Alexander, Road Test Editor  Close X If you want to avoid nasty and unexpected surprise maintenance costs, sticking to a regimented schedule of preventative maintenance is something you are going to want to get used to. The reason being is simple – frequent maintenance will keep your car in good health, ensuring you get the most out of all those expensive-to-replace parts. While it might sound counterintuitive, the best way to reduce maintenance costs is to stick to a prescribed maintenance schedule.
 
Keeping your vehicle's fluids new and clean is priority number one when it comes to minimizing future costs. Frequent oil changes can prevent the buildup of harmful deposits that rob your car of fuel economy and power, as well as make internal components work harder. A harder working engine is one with a shorter life span. 
 
Unless you plan on doing engine surgery on your own, engine work is going to cost you a huge pile of money. For example, using DriverSide’s What to Pay for Service feature, we can see that a new oil pump for a 2006 BMW 3-Series (a part that commonly fails as a result of infrequent oil changes) will cost a hefty $815. This is easily avoided simply by changing your oil every 3,000 miles, which at a local lube shop will typically cost less than $40 per visit.
 
Even if your vehicle is brand new, it is a good idea to check the oil every few hundred miles. If the level slowly gets lower between oil changes, you might have an issue with your engine. The same applies for your vehicle’s brake fluid, clutch fluid (if it’s a manual transmission) or your automatic transmission fluid. 
 
While keeping an eye on your vehicle's fluid levels is a good first step toward improving your investment's longevity, sticking to the recommended service intervals in your owner's manual is equally important. 
 
A good example of this is a timing belt replacement. Timing belts and chains keep the different parts of a car’s engine in sync with each other and on average should be replaced every 60,000 miles. Because of the infrequency of a timing belt change, it can be easy to overlook this vital service – especially considering it often requires over $800 in labor alone. However, waiting another 5-10k miles is not advised, as the results could result in a catastrophic engine head failure, a repair that could cost you over double the amount of a timing belt service. 
 
Different manufacturers allow for different time periods between required maintenance. While it may look expensive to go about replacing your air filter, changing your oil and rotating your tires every few thousand miles, the preventative care saves you money in the long run. For a general idea, you can check out our guide to car maintenance.
 
That said, there are a few ways to trim dollars from your regular maintenance schedule...

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