A primer on basic auto repair is a must if you are going to drive a car. However, most people don’t know anything about the subject. Thankfully, the tips below are a great start.
Make sure your headlights are clean if they don’t look as bright. Residue can diminish their light output. Use a quality glass cleaner to keep your lights clean.
Has your mechanic worked on your model of vehicle before? While the basic components are all the same, there is going to to be a big difference in the way say a Hummer versus a Smart car utilize the space under the hood. If you don’t think he has, go to the dealer.
There are many “backyard” mechanics out there that preform excellent auto repairs. Provided the experience and skills are there, this may be a much less expensive option to chose from. This can save you a lot of money, and at the same time, help out a small auto shop instead of letting a big shop profit.
Keep track of how often you need to change your oil. Your car’s oil is a big part of how well it functions. It can vary a bit between different vehicles and cars go much longer between oil changes than they used to. But you must do them when recommended.
Wash your car all winter long. Although it may seem like a waste of time, winter weather can really damage your vehicle. Road salt and sand cause rust and abrasion. Pick a warmer day and dry the car completely before heading back onto the road.
Check tire pressure each time you fill your tank. Make sure that your tires are not punctured in any way. Any problems should be repaired pronto. You don’t want to drive around with damaged tires.
Even if the problem you are having seems minor to you, have it looked at by a professional. A small problem could be a symptom of a larger issue.
You should not purchase a part from someone who claims the part will last you a lifetime. This is a lie in an attempt to take your money. For example, some cars come with “lifetime” transmission fluid. This does not mean you never have to change your fluids. They should still be changed at least every 80,000 miles.
If you want some support when it come to auto repair, consider using AAA. If you need towing or car repairs, this can be a lifesaver. Paying the membership fee will be worth it if you can benefit from a few discounts by going to certified mechanics.
Get a written estimate for anything a mechanic quotes over $200. Getting the estimate in writing can help you if ever you have to complain about the mechanic. A written quote can also help keep you from any additional charges.
Driving a car includes the responsibility of maintaining proper condition. Finding the right mechanic is an acquired skill that takes time to develop. Take these ideas and apply them next time you need to repair you car. You should be able to save yourself time and money in the future. Good luck.