Money-Saving Hacks Every Woman Should Know About
Industry pros—plus savvy O readers—share tips you can bank on.
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Don't Accept Used Car Parts
"If you're ever in an accident, make sure to specify to your insurance company that you won't accept used parts in the repair. (Depending on your policy, you may have to pay the difference in costs.) My shop receives old parts from insurance companies all the time that we're then expected to use. We don't want to put a junkyard part in your car, knowing it could break or cause problems, but our hands are tied. The insurance company may not tell you, but you can—and should—ask for all new parts."
—Mechanic, 17 years in the business