Car owners just can't do without the routine maintenance. Mostly it's pretty pricey, but just like how the saying goes, ¬"prevention is better than cure¬", right? Prevent your car from having to undergo a huge repair and save money this way. If you ignore the warning signs and refuse to mend it while it's early, the repercussion of your unmaintained car will end up being extremely expensive, with an amount that will nearly meet the price of a new purchase.
1. For free routine maintenance, Check the car warranty and if it's still active the dealership will take care of it. But if its already inactive, don't take it to the same shop, they usually charge pretty high. Try to find another repair shop that charge less than the usual, say, no more than $250.
2.Check the oil on a weekly basis, and diesel drivers should be especially wary on this! Don't wait for the alarm on your oil warn you. It's not good for the car and it's not safe too. Chances are your car loses oil too quickly, the engine will not be lubricated enough. Its either the engine will seize up and combust the gasket, or will be dealt with a huge damage.
3.Even when you think there's nothing wrong with your car, take it over for routine maintenance. A good reminder would after every 10,000 miles. Skimping on that routine car maintenance is not recommended. Try to take it to a repair shop for thorough checking on brakes, belts, exhaust, the engine and everything else that needs to be done according to the car owner's manual.
4.In this day and age where quality must go hand in hand with price, finding a good mechanic that charges fairly (and someone who doesn't do extra fees) is hard to find. Try to find referrals from your friends, family and co-workers, since mechanic listings in the yellow pages or local listings don't really give you enough information on the mechanic's charges and their quality of work.
5.Your car is an investment, try taking good care of your car and it will give your a sense of pride and a good return (if you try to sell it someday). The very core of car maintenance is safety. There's really no better reason to invest on routine car maintenance and repairs than the safety of you and all your loved ones that ride the car with you.
If you can, try to learn little tricks of the trade on maintenance and repair that you can do yourself. If you can, invest in a good auto manual that lets you learn how to change your own oil, clean your filters, replace spark plugs and lights, and check the car fluids on your own; making the repairs on your own means that you need a toolbox as well, the one that's specifically designed for automotive use.Learn the basic ins and outs of your car and you'll save yourself more money, keep your car in check at your leisure, plus the props you get as a D-I-Y man, too!
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