Financial budgets are stretched to the breaking point at this time of year. If you already suffer from a very tight budget, then there is just no wiggle room at all. If you own a vehicle, like a truck, then things like truck repairs right now would be downright devastating. If you are already in a position where your truck needs repairs, here are a few sources you can turn to for inexpensive help.
High School Classes
Many high schools in the country have a course that teaches teens how to fix car engines. Call your high school during the day and ask to talk to the principal about your situation and see if the automotive and small engine course is running this term. If it is, ask if it may be possible for the teacher and the students to work on your vehicle for you. The service they provide is almost always free, or it is provided solely based on the cost of the parts needed.
Automotive Training Schools and Technical Colleges
If the high school does not pan out, call your local technical college and/or an automotive training school. Both of these collegiate-level classes frequently look for projects to take in from the community so that their students have real-life experience working on cars and not just classroom work and discussions. It may cost a little bit more than the high school students, but it is still less expensive than the mechanic shop.
Check with Local Churches
There are men's ministry groups that frequently help with oil changes and engine repairs, if the repairs are relatively simple. If there are no men's church groups that can help with this, your own church may be willing to help cover the cost of repairs as part of their charity work. You will have to talk to your church secretary to get to the right channels for this kind of help, but it will definitely help to know that your church is willing and can help you during this difficult time.
Adolescent Reform Charities
There are a number of charities that work with at-risk youth, reforming them and teaching them life skills they can use to find jobs after high school. Many of these charities perform car repairs for free because they use your broken down vehicles to teach automotive repair to the teens in their programs. Talk to a county social worker with regards to these programs to find out where the nearest one is. Then talk to the program director about your situation.
If all else fails, contact local mechanics, such as Stephenson Truck Repair Inc, and talk with them about your situation.
As the son and grandson of mechanics, I spent much of my child hood under the hood of many cars. I have listened and learned about so many different problems and how to repair them effectively. I created this blog to cover as many car problems as possible without overwhelming readers. You will find tips for troubleshooting, advice for when to take it to a professional and suggestions for when to stop driving the car or truck immediately to prevent further and more costly damage. We hope that you find all of this information helpful and useful, allowing you to have a great running car.