How can I fix my car with no money?

My car has been making weird sounds and I fear it is on its last leg. I can’t afford expensive repairs and I can’t get rid of my car or have it die on me; I need it to get to work. How can I fix my car with no money?

I’m sorry to hear that things have been so hard for you lately!
Here are a few options that I hope will be helpful for you:
  • Talk to a mechanic. Ask them what the problem is and if there is a cheaper way to fix it. They might have a financing option to help you pay for repairs.
  • See if you can get used parts rather than new parts for the repairs.
  • Look for discounts. Look over your credit card, roadside assistance, and any other memberships you have that might include car repair or mechanical help
  • If it seems like an easy fix, you can attempt to do repairs yourself. Be very careful doing this as there are a lot of toxic and dangerous parts inside of your car and you don’t want to get hurt.
  • Check your warranty; some repairs might still be covered.
  • Check your insurance. Sometimes people get add-ons like mechanical breakdown insurance that may be able to help.
If you need to save some money, a good place you can look for a better deal is with your car insurance. You can use the Jerry app to compare the top 50 insurance companies and get the best deal for you. The average Jerry user saves $879 a year on car insurance. Hopefully, the amount saved will help you get your car repaired.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 26, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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