Birmingham mechanic says drivers are delaying car maintenance because of inflation


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Some people are now skipping over car maintenance because they simply don’t have the funds, according to a Birmingham auto mechanic.

Jerry Daw, who works at Automotive and truck services because they face price increases, so do their customers.

Daw says that lately he’s been noticing people not changing their oil and coolant regularly, which can cause major engine problems down the road. Unfortunately, he says some people just don’t have the extra money to properly maintain their vehicle.

“It got worse,” Daw said. “A lot of people can’t fix their car right now. Everything is so high that they barely buy groceries. A few people pulled cars out of here this morning because they couldn’t afford to fix them. They need to save money so they can do basic things on their car.

Meanwhile, some vehicles are stuck in the shop for weeks or months as mechanics continue to wait for certain parts to be shipped from overseas.

Daw says he noticed the parts shortage about a year and a half ago and is still waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Although he mentioned that finding almost any vehicle part can be difficult depending on the week, vehicle belts in particular are one of their big issues. He says the main reason is that most are not made here in the United States.

In addition to the shipping issues, Daw says almost everything has gone up in price by around 30-40%. All of these problems cause drivers to wait quite a long time for their vehicle to be repaired.

“We had a truck here for almost a year waiting for an engine because they couldn’t get parts,” Daw said. “Eventually the customer just sold the vehicle because he couldn’t get an engine for it.”

So while some parts are out of stock for a year, others are out of stock for a few weeks. Daw said a piece he ordered two weeks before his August 19 arrival.

It asks customers for patience at this time.

Inflation forces some people not to fix their cars

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