I loved this email from Bethany:
My car was recently due for inspection. After the inspection, they told me I needed four new tires — something I hadn’t expected. I opted not to immediately get tires and do a little research first since I knew my tires didn’t have many miles on them and were less than two years old.
I found the receipt from my previous tire purchase less than two years ago and the warranty that came with the tires. The warranty stated that the tires I had purchased should last 40,000 miles with proper maintenance.
At this point it had only been 20,000 miles, so I decided to discuss this issue with the tire company. They informed me I would need to show proof of proper tire maintenance – which I had – and that they would be able to credit me back half the cost of the original tires.
This gave me a $275 credit towards a new set of tires!
Before I started following Money Saving Mom® I would have simply purchased new tires without even thinking to contact the tire company. This extra research took maybe 1-2 hours… and saved me $275. I’ll take a job where I can make $137.50 per hour any day!
We have warranties for a reason: it is because the company believes the product will last beyond some set point and when it doesn’t the consumer has the right to recuperate any loss from the product.
Proper record keeping and proper maintenance are the key to being able to recuperate lost cost when something doesn’t hold up as it should have.
Saving money is more than coupons — there are many other ways to keep our hard-earned cash in our pockets.
Bethany is currently finishing up her MBA and was encouraged by her husband’s job loss more than two years ago (he is since re-employed) and her desire to go back to school to find ways to save money everywhere possible.
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