Chances are, your car is the most important thing you own, given that it gets you everywhere. You might not know enough about cars to feel comfortable servicing small repairs. If that’s what you want, read on to learn about simple maintenance.
Get yourself a good battery charger, making sure to keep it inside the car. Batteries die all the time, but you won’t be in trouble if you can charge it. Locate the points the battery charger should be connected to so you can easily jump start your own vehicle.
Before you hand over your car to the shop, be sure you are clear about the repair costs. If you don’t understand something, talk to the mechanic first. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you get your bill.
Get to know your owner’s manual, or take the time to note important information. This will help you speak intelligently to a technician about your car when it is time to take it in. The manual could also help you figure out a simple solution to a problem that you are having.
Ask for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. These means they are parts that come directly from the manufacturer. It can cost a lot less to use parts that are generic, but you won’t get the most out of these things after a while. What may seem like a deal now can cost twice as much as buying OEM in the first place.
If you notice your headlights do not shine as brightly as they used to, check to make sure they are clean. Sometimes the road’s greasy residue can get on a light and reduce the output of light. Wash them with a good glass cleaner and see as well as you should.
Your car key should not have tons of fluffy keychains on it. The ignition on your car is not devised to hold all the weight, even when you don’t consider it heavy. If your keys stick, take off some of the charms!
Take pictures of your car before dropping it off at the mechanic to ensure that it doesn’t not receive damage while in the shop, Most shops are reputable but there are always a few bad apples out there. You are safer if you have documentation of the condition of your car prior to having any work done on it.
You should know things about the inner workings of a vehicle before taking your car to the mechanic. Know the difference between rebuilt and reconditioned, new, and salvage parts. New means that the parts were made to meet the standard manufacturer specifications by an independent retailer or the dealer themselves. “Refurbished”, “rebuilt”, etc. mean that the part is like new, and potentially even better than new, as it has been renovated and tested repeatedly. Salvage means that they are used and they have not been altered.
As said in the beginning of this article, taking care of your car is very important. Learning even the simplest routine maintenance can help save you a bunch of money. Remember these tips when you feel like something’s wrong with your car.