If you don’t know anything about basic car care and maintenance you can end up unnecessarily wasting a lot of money on repair costs. In addition to understanding everything about your car’s make and model, you can learn other things. Keep reading to find out how you can save time and money down the road.
Check for A.S.E. certification before you choose a mechanic. This shows that a mechanic has passed a special test for competence and also shows he or she has at least two years experience as a mechanic. This ensures that you have a capable person working on your car.
Invest in high-quality battery chargers and keep them inside your car. Dead batteries are a common problem for many drivers. Additionally, having a charger with you will allow you to aid other motorists in similar need. It is also important to understand how to properly connect the charger to the battery.
Check your radiator frequently. You need to allow your car to run for a couple of minutes, shut down the engine and then open up the hood. Don’t open your radiator if your car is running. Check the radiator fluids using a dipstick and remember to always mix the coolant with water before putting it in the radiator.
Always know how much your repairs will cost before handing your car over to a service department. If you don’t understand something, clarify your concerns with the mechanic or service adviser before they work on the car. You surely do not want unpleasant surprises when you go to get the car.
Keep a record when your car is fixed or maintained. If further issues develop later, the mechanic may want to see the historical documentation of what has already been done. Without them, you may end up paying for more diagnostic tests, and it will be more difficult to learn where the issue is stemming from.
Look up your local body shop’s reviews online. This will tell you everything you need to know about the shop. You can use the information to find a place you’ll feel comfortable spending your money at.
Once a repair shop has finished with your car, go on a quick spin to make sure things are working properly. People often don’t do this, realizing afterward that the problem still persists.
If you notice your headlights do not shine as brightly as they used to, check to make sure they are clean. Sometimes there is a residue that covers them from the streets and that can make them dirty so they cannot put out enough light. Use glass cleaner to clean them, and you will notice a big difference.
Put together a small tool kit for your car and keep it in your trunk. You will want to have the tools necessary to change a tire, and they likely came with the vehicle. You will need to get a lug wrench and a jack if you don’t already have them. You may ask want to get a variety of screwdrivers, ratchets, socket wrenches and the like. Always purchase quality tools. If you buy high quality tools, they will not break when you really need them.
In conclusion, there are many benefits to becoming educated on auto repairs. You can fix problems on your own or choose the right mechanic. Use these tips and fix problems yourself only if you are comfortable enough.