Owning a Mac can be great, but it can also be a bit costly when you need to have it serviced or repaired. No one really looks forward to handing their Mac over to anyone for repairs. Not only are you going to be without your computer for some length of time, but you’re also going to be allowing whoever works on it to have access to basically every single thing on your computer, including pictures, data, and more.
Sure, sure … most computer techs out there are bound by confidentiality and you’re generally safe in that regard, but it’s still not all that easy to just turn your Mac over to someone else to have it repaired.
Whether it’s due to a hardware failure or software crash, you want that computer back in your possession as quickly as possible. Also, you don’t want to overspend to have it repaired.
The cost of repairs.
Depending on what’s wrong with your Mac, it could cost you $100 or less (not much less, in most cases), or quite a bit more. A Mac is a Mac, though, and for most owners, it’s well worth spending potentially hundreds of dollars having it repaired.
While you may just assume that you’re going to have to suck it up and find a way to pay for those repairs, you may be able to save some money. Whether you only have to bring your Mac in once in a blue moon or it tends to be a semi-regular occurrence, the truth of the matter is that you can save money on these repairs, if you take advantage of at least some of these 4 tips.
Tip #1: Consider a protection plan.
You’ve probably been told to avoid purchasing those add on protection plans for retailers. That’s generally good advice since you’d rarely ever have the opportunity to take advantage of it. It can certainly offer some good peace of mind, but when you have a Mac and you know that a simple repair could cost $100 or more, it’s often a worthy investment, especially when you’re spending more than $1,000 on your new computer.
Tip #2: Learn about the exchange and repairs extension program.
Apple often releases a list of certain makes and models of their Macs and other products that might have some type of flaw in it that would warrant a recall. It’s similar to those auto recalls you may hear about from time to time. You may very well have an opportunity to get your Mac repaired for free, and depending on the reason for a recall, you might be able to exchange it.
Tip #3: Use your gift cards.
Save those gift cards to your favorite tech retail store. You might be tempted to grab the latest Call of Duty game for your Xbox One, but it may be more prudent to save them for a potential repair.
Tip #4: Seek out a young computer tech.
There are plenty of computer repair stores in just about every town across America, and a lot of them are being started by young, ambitious go-getters. In order to make a name for oneself, they may offer special discounts. Ask around. You just might find a great tech who is more affordable than all the rest!
Written by G. T. Hedlund