Being a car owner is convenient and even necessary. You can get wherever you would like to be at anytime you want. The flip side is that you could also find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Read on for some tips that can help you deal with this type of situation.
Be sure your mechanic has an A.S.E. certification prior to letting them fix your car. This indicates passage of written testing and experience of no less than two years. This means a top professional is doing your repairs.
Check your radiator often. Simply run the engine a few minutes and then cut the engine and lift the hood. Be careful not to open your radiator if the car’s running. With a dipstick, check your radiator fluid. Before adding more coolant remember to mix it with water.
It is not legal for a mechanic to start working on your car before you officially authorize them to do so, usually by signing a contract. Be careful what you authorize the mechanic to do. You should only sign documents that include a detailed list of the needed repairs and their prices.
If any parts of your car need to be replaced, make sure you ask for the (OEM) Original Equipment Manufacturer parts instead of generic parts. Keeping the exact specifications required by the manufacturer is essential in having optimum performance. Although generic parts are cheaper, spending a little more on OEM parts will make a big impact on your car’s longevity.
Be sure to read your owner’s manual to find out what kinds of fluids (oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid) your car needs and to learn how to check and top these off yourself. Keep a few bottles of each fluid in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies.
Take advantage of free inspections, but don’t just have them fix everything on the list. There will probably be one or two extra items added on that aren’t strictly necessary. If you are light on cash, ask the technician which items are the most important to keep the car running safely. Get these done immediately, and save up for the rest of the work.
To keep rust from becoming an issue, wash and wax your car regularly. All cars will eventually rust out, but you can delay the process considerably by making sure any salt or chemicals are washed off as soon as possible. Protect your paint with regular waxing.
When performing your own car repairs, make sure you budget enough time to get the job done. It’s easy to underestimate how long a repair job will take. You may encounter difficult to remove bolts or nuts, or find out a part is harder to remove than you anticipated. Giving yourself enough time to complete the repair safely will make the job much less stressful.
Not all auto repairs will cost large sums of money. DIY fixes are often simple and cheap. Utilize the tips that have been given you so that you can have a running vehicle.