Do you know you can save a lot if you take on simple car repair and maintenance yourself or spending time researching your car problems?
Here are 15 tips to keep your car running smoothly and may also keep some extra bucks in your wallet.
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Tip 1 Send Your Car for Regular Servicing
Take preventive steps, send your car for regular servicing and do not skip a service. Ignoring simple things like changing your motor oil could damage your car engine and end up costing you more to replace the engine.
Tip 2 Do Not Put Off Small Problems
Notice a small problem with your car; get it check as soon as possible. Do not put it off as small problems may turn into bigger problems. If you hear unusual noises from your car, consult your owner’s manual for more information. Some noises may be normal for your car model. If the noise are not referenced in the manual, you may need to send your car for a checkup. Be aware and proactive.
Tip 3 Go With Cars Manufacturers Recommendation
Always go with the car’s manufacturer’s recommendation when changing fluids, filters and spark plugs. You can consider upgrading your motor oil to a high performance synthetic oil to improve car performance.
Tip 4 Pay Attention to Dashboard Warning Lights
Do not ignore dashboard warning lights, they are light up for a reason. Check your owners manual for the meaning of each indicator. The usual ones are checking your engine, oil, cars temperature. Pay attention to them as your ignorance may cost you a new engine replacement leaving you thousands of dollars poorer.
Tip 5 Do Not Drive on Near Empty Tank
Top up your petrol whenever it reaches below the quarter mark, this will extend the life of your fuel pump and solve the running-out-of-gas issue.
Tip 6 Make Sure Tires Are Properly Inflated
Make sure your tires are properly inflated, with a proper pressure, your mileage can improve by up to 3.3%. Tires with too much or too little air will result in excessive wear and tear, thus shortening the life of your tires. Again, consult with your owners manual for the correct amount of air needed for the tire. Remember to inspect your tire tread to prevent future accidents. Misaligned tires may cause car suspensions issues in the future too. Here how to check your tire pressure.
Tip 7 Clean Terminals to Prevent Electrical Problems
Clean your car battery terminals to prevent electrical problems. Regular cleaning can prevent corrosion, a cheap insurance against future electrical issues. Remember to consult with the manual or online how-to videos before doing it yourself. Internet forums do offer detailed instructions and tips for most cars
Tip 8 Do Simple Things Yourself
You can do some simple up keeping for your car to ensure it is in the best condition before your next maintenance. Things like changing your motor oil (if you are up for some dirty work, click here), checking coolant level, replacing air filters annually, wiper blades, light bulb. You can always consult your manual, go online to check for how-to videos. Not changing or checking these little details can cost you and the cost adds up.
*We will be writing an article on this very soon. Keep a lookout for it! Note: Do not change the oil when your engine is hot.
Sending Your Car to the Auto Repair Workshop
In any case, if you need to send your car to the auto repair workshop, here are some additional tips for you.
Tip 9 Compare Prices via RepairPal App
Consider downloading RepairPal App. This app can help you get accurate repair and service estimates, the closest car mechanic and track your repair histories. You can compare the prices via this app and make an informed decision.
Tip 10 Get a Mechanic to Do House Call
How about getting a mechanic to come over your place to repair your car instead of sending your car to the auto shop? Head over to Your Mechanic now and find a mechanic to make that house call.
Tip 11 Do Not Tell Your Mechanic What to Replace
Do not be a smart ass thinking you know what needs to be replaced after reading information online. It is always good to do your research but too much information can cloud you. You may think that your car needs a new part replaced when all it needs is a good clean up to the components connecting to that part. Do not tell your mechanic what parts to replace, of course he will gladly do it to charge you more for a replacement. This will not solve the initial issue! Instead let him diagnose the problem and fix it.
Tip 12 Communicate Effectively With Your Mechanic
Communicate and describe the car problem to your mechanic as detailed as possible. Write down everything from what you hear, see, feel and smell; the location when the problem started. This way you can share all the information with your mechanic easily. They are not psychics. You being able to describe properly will help them to diagnose correctly.
Tip 13 Ask For Your Old Parts Back
Remember to ask for your old parts back if there is a replacement to prevent dishonest auto repair shops for charging you repairs that were not done or parts that were not replaced. Getting your old parts back confirms that new ones are replaced and prevents the mechanic from replacing a part that is still useful.
Tip 14 Get An Independent Workshop Instead of Dealership Service Centre
Do you know you may save up to $300 annually if you take your car to an auto repair shop instead of the dealership service centre? Compare prices with the mechanic and the dealership service centre before sending your car to the dealership for maintenance and repair work.
Tip 15 Do Not Accept the First Quote
Do not accept the first car repair quote, shop around for a second option. Read readers reviews, get ratings before committing to the first repair shop.
You can save thousands of dollars if you apply these tips. Remember to always consult your owners manual and do adequate research before doing it yourself.
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