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How spare parts and elbow grease can cut car costs

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What is it? Sparesbox.com.au

For some people, owning a car can be a financial nightmare. If you have an older model, you're probably well aware of the burden when it comes to upkeep. I'm sure if you had a dollar for every time someone told you that the maintenance would outweigh the cost price, you'd have enough to buy a brand new car.

But if you know a thing or two about car mechanics (and for your own safety, it's probably a good idea to read up), you can save money by getting your car ready for its rego check with a few spare parts and a bit of elbow grease.

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A new Australian website called Sparesbox makes it easy to identify and purchase the part you need for your make and model.

It's like the Gumtree of the mechanics world, connecting consumers to car parts suppliers online. You can make a purchase directly over the internet and pay securely via PayPal. The biggest win? You don't have to rely on a middle man.

There's free shipping for orders worth over $50, with 90 days for free returns, and you can track your order. It's as simple and transparent as online shopping.

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Steph Nash was a staff writer at Money until 2017.
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