Do you have a vehicle that seems to break down at random? Are you trying to save for a newer vehicle, but you also need to fix your current vehicle so you can continue to go back and forth to work? Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who get stuck in a cycle of having their vehicle breaking down, fixing that vehicle, and then needing to set aside even more money afterward. It can seem like you're spending more on repairs than you're saving every week. While it can indeed be difficult to break this cycle, there are things you can do to make the process easier on yourself. These include:
Do more than "just enough": When you take your vehicle in to get auto repairs, it can be tempted to only pay for the bare minimum necessary to get back on the road again. But if that auto repair will only give you another month of driving and it's going to take at least two before you're able to get a new vehicle, you can wind up spending more on the next auto repair than it would've cost to get things fixed the first time around. Whenever possible, try to have as many repairs done as are recommended so you can avoid having to keep leaving your vehicle in the shop.
Ask about used parts: Not every shop will allow it, and it's not always possible, but if you need to have a part replaced as part of an auto repair, then talk to the mechanic about utilizing a used part from a different vehicle. For instance, a used windshield wiper motor can be just as good as a brand new one but may cost almost nothing in comparison. By using recycled parts for inconsequential items, you'll be able to save more money to pay for any brand new parts that might actually be needed.
Payment schedule: One of the biggest limiting factors when it comes to auto repair is not having the necessary money right now. Fortunately, there are shops that recognize and will work with this. Instead of demanding everything up front, they'll allow you to pay a portion now as a down payment and then pay the rest off over the course of a few weeks to a couple of months. If you're very close to getting a newer vehicle, being able to make payments may allow you to get the updated model sooner. You may still have to pay off the repairs while driving the newer vehicle, but at least you'll have been able to purchase it.