Car Repairs On The Cheap
Back in September I reported that I had a minor accident. My years of faithful MacGyver watching paid off and with every handy man’s tool (duct tape) I was able to return my busted headlight to a working position until i was able to figure out the best (and most inexpensive way) to repair my car.
Since my car is my primary mode of transportation (and not my status symbol) I needed to get it fixed, but I wasn't too concerned about the cosmetics. To me, it isn't worth the several hundred dollars it would take to remove the dents and scratches. I'd rather invest that money and buy a BMW when I retire in a few years ;-).
I first called the local junkyards looking to buy a replacement headlight and turn light. Since my car is pretty common I was easily able to find a used headlight, but the turn light turned out to be a problem (apparently everyone need a new Nissan turn light).
I then searched online as well. In the end I ordered a new headlight and turn light from Partstrain. The new headlight was only $1 more than the used headlight and by purchasing both parts I was able to take advantage of a $5 coupon (Partstrain coupon: QPT1S). After ordering, I received the parts 5 days later.
Repairing the Car
If there is one thing I don't know much about its cars. I have never been a car guy. Luckily this seemed like a job I could handle. All I had to do was bang out the hood, the side, and the area the headlight and turn lights went so I could attached them to the car.
It was a little harder than I thought. Part of that was because I only had a few tools available to me at the time. However, after a couple hours of effort, I was able to bang out enough space to securely attach the headlight and turn light to the car.
Total Repair Costs
Partstrain (headlight, turnlight)
Not too shabby. While I didn't get a repair estimate, I know that if I got this fully repair at a body shop this would have run 4-7 times my repair costs (or more).
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