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All Volvo enthusiasts know how expensive it can be to keep your car up to date.  This is necessary even with their reputation for durability. From general repairs to performance upgrades, making your Volvo look and ride like you want can break the bank if you're not careful. Whatever your situation, make sure you make responsible decisions about your car.

Keep Up with Scheduled Maintenance

Many car owners make the mistake of neglecting their vehicle maintenance schedules.  They think minor work can be completed whenever. But skipping items like oil changes and tire rotations is bad for your car. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repairs will become.  Check your manual for the maintenance schedule.  Make sure to keep up accordingly.

Purchase Your Own Volvo Parts

When a mechanic gives you an estimate, it's based on the cost of both their labor and the replacement parts needed for your Volvo. If you want to minimize the cost of your repair bills, you should purchase your own Volvo parts from a vendor with genuine OEM parts. By purchasing the parts for your Volvo, you can shop around to find the best deals on quality parts, costing only a fraction of what it'd cost to use the mechanic’s Volvo parts.

Choose Upgrades Wisely

Upgrading your Volvo can end up costing as much as the car itself if you’re not financially responsible. Some people spend a lot of money to give their car as many updates as they can squeeze into them. There are a lot of different reasons that people spend money on their cars, for some it is about the look, others do it for the performance. Street racing is huge in parts of the world and racers will spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on performance parts. From supped up engine parts to nitrous canisters, and even specialized tires and steering wheels. They do all of this in the hopes that they can get a little bit of an edge on their competition and pull off the big win.

Even if you're not street racing for pink slips, as you’re looking into upgrading parts in your Volvo make sure the choices you make are wise ones that'll benefit the vehicle in the long run. For instance, investing in high quality performance seats is probably not the most financially-sound decision to make. While they may look aesthetically appealing, they don't improve the performance of the vehicle such as upgraded exhaust parts or installing a racing suspension system. The upgraded seats can wait until you have more money to splurge.

On the other hand, investing in a performance upgrade that doubles as a safety upgrade would be wise, such as an improved braking system will ensure the car stops efficiently. Upgraded brake kits are something a lot of people look to do. Not only do upgraded brakes give your car a sleek look, but it also gives you much greater stopping power than regular breaks.

Have a Budget

When performing upgrades, maintenance, or repairs for your Volvo, it is ideal to have a budget in mind. While some parts repairs may be necessary and well over budget, having a ballpark amount in mind will help prevent you from spending on upgrades to the vehicle that you may not need at the moment.

To set the ideal budget you’ll first need to do some research on your year and model.  What type of updates are you doing? What is the average cost for those Volvo parts? How much will you be charged by the mechanic?  Is it something you can complete on your own? Is this purchase necessary now? Obviously, if the repair is urgent you have no choice.  Otherwise, you might wait until you save up the money for it.

Volvos are indeed built to withstand the test of time.  Still, love and care is needed along the way. Whatever your reason for purchase, invest in auto parts wisely. Having a budget, purchasing your own parts, and even completing some of the maintenance work on your own can ultimately help you save a lot of money – without compromising your beloved Volvo's style or performance.

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