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A Guide to Using Your Tax Refund on Car Repair & Maintenance

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All year you’ve been patiently waiting for your tax refundand now it’s finally here. Now, you can give your car some much-needed TLC.

Whether your ride needs repair or just some thoughtful upgrades, having a little extra money will go a long way toward sprucing it up.

5 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund on Your Car

Because your car is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, it’s important to treat it well. After you receive your tax refund, consider pampering your ride with one or more of the following car care essentials.

1. Body repairs

Although spring is just around the corner, the winter months have taken their toll on vehicles across the country. Driving in the snow and ice often results in accidents, which then leads to body damage.

Now that the weather is getting warmer–and you’ve got tax refund money to spend–it’s time to repair any body damage your car may have.


dent on a fender that can be fixed if you spend your tax refund on body repair
Now that you’ve got tax refund money to spend, consider repairing any body damage your car may have.

Purchase that new bumper cover, fender or hood, get it painted, and have your car looking like new again.

Once your vehicle is all fixed up, you’ll be ready to cruise when spring and summer roll around.

2. Mechanical and electrical repairs

Have you been ignoring car problems (such as dashboard warning lights and abnormal noises) due to a lack of funds? We’ve got good newsyou can fix those issues (or at least some of them) with the money from your tax refund. Doing so will help prevent minor issues from snowballing into big-time problems.

For example, say your car has a leaking radiator. By replacing that part now, you have a better chance of warding off overheating and the resulting engine damage further down the road.

3. Maintenance

Routine maintenance helps prevent costly automotive repairs. Periodic services, such as fluid changes and filter replacements, are of utmost importance to your vehicle’s longevity. Now that you have your tax refund, consider knocking out maintenance that’s either due or overdue.

Both your car and your wallet will thank you in the long run.

4. Accessory upgrades

What if you’re up-to-date on maintenance and repairs? Well then, it’s time to have fun with some accessories and upgrades.

Spend your tax refund on a new set of floor mats to keep your interior factory-fresh.

There are many ways you can use your tax refund to enhance your ride. You might want to get a fresh set of floor mats or some seat covers to keep everything factory-fresh.

Or maybe you’re in the market for a tonneau cover and a set of fender flares for your truck.
The possibilities are endless. Start shopping to find that perfect upgrade that will make your ride more one-of-a-kind.

5. Car care items

Your man cave (or woman cave) can never have enough gear. With your tax refund, you can improve your “happy place” with tools, cleaning supplies, and other car care goodies.

Creating the perfect garage is a lot cheaper than therapy–trust us.

Check Out Our Extensive Selection of Parts & Accessories

Are you still having a difficult time deciding what to purchase with your tax refund? Then peruse the large selection of parts and accessories at CarParts.com. We’ve got it all, from mechanical components to car care supplies.

There’s a good chance you’ll find something that piques your interest. 

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Mia Bevacqua

Chief Mechanic at CarParts.com

Mia Bevacqua is an automotive expert with over 15 years of industry experience. She holds ASE Master, L1, L2, and L3 Advanced Level Specialist certification, as well as a bachelor's degree in Advanced Automotive Systems.

Throughout her career, Mia has applied her skills toward automotive failure analysis inspections, consulting, diagnostic software development, and of course, freelance writing. Today, she writes for companies around the world, with many well-known clients showcasing her work.

Mia has a passion for math, science, and technology that motivates her to stay on top of the latest industry trends, such as electric vehicles and autonomous systems. At the same time, she has a weakness for fixer-upper oddballs, such as her 1987 Chevy Cavalier Z-24 and 1998 Chevy Astro Van AWD.

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