When you have a car, it is important that you try and keep it maintained correctly in order to try and reduce the amount of money you have to spend on repairs. Although you can never totally avoid issues with your car, keeping it well maintained will definitely help.
It may be that you do not know much about cars. If this is the case then you may wish to take it to a garage and get them to give it a once over every 6 months or so. You should get your car serviced according to the service schedule of the manufacturers. It may be every year or every few years. During a service, the garage will check for issues with components such as brakes and suspension. Many people think that an MOT is when most of the checks are done, but often you find that a service is more detailed and is likely to give you a more in depth look into components on your vehicle.
If you are advised of a part that needs replacing or may need replacing soon you may wish to get a second opinion, especially if you have not used that garage before. As much as we would all hope that we can trust the garage to advise us correctly on what needs to be done, unfortunately this isn’t always the case.