Auto repairs can end up being very expensive. Not only is there a cost for parts, but there is also a cost for labor. Wouldn’t it be great if you could repair the car yourself, saving a lot of money? The tips and techniques that you will learn can help you save a lot of money on repairs.
Get a good battery charger to keep in your vehicle. Having a dead battery can leave you stranded in some pretty terrible places. Know where the cables should be connected and how. It is sometimes different for different cars.
You need to know about all costs before handing your keys over. If something is not clear, clarify it with the service adviser or mechanic before starting any repair on the car. Don’t end up surprised by extra fees.
Familiarize yourself with your car’s manual. Do not hesitate to let your mechanic know about what you learned from the owner’s manual. Also, reading the manual may help you realize that the repair you need, can be done easily by you.
Keep a record of any vehicle repairs. Having detailed records will be useful if you need to perform more repairs on your vehicle. If you don’t have a record of past work, it may cost you money and make it hard for the technician to diagnose the problem.
Ask for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. These means they are parts that come directly from the manufacturer. Generic are cheaper, but also less reliable. They may initially be a deal, but the generic parts may make you pay more in the long run.
Keep a spare tire and a jack with you all the time. If you purchase a new car, you should have these in your trunk. They are extremely helpful if your car experiences a problem while you are out on the road and you don’t want to call a tow truck. It is much easier and inexpensive to do it yourself.
Make a DIY kit to store in the trunk to help you in times of need. For instance, if anything dealing with tire changes came with the car, have this in your car. Get a lug wrench and jack if you do not have one yet. You should also have good quality Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers, socket wrenches and a ratchet set, a torque wrench and an adjustable wrench. Don’t waste your money on bad quality tools. Choose tools which will last the test of time, especially when they’re required.
Every car needs repairs some time. But don’t think that a mechanic is required for every single repair. It is possible to save your money and make repairs yourself. This information will help you do that, so do not be afraid.