It’s a good idea to know the ins and outs of your car to keep it running. Read the manual and do it more than once to give you all the information you need so you’ll know what’s going on when you have problems. Most times a problem can be taken care of just by referring to the manual. Don’t drive around without the spare tire and the jack that came with your car. Learn how to use them to save money because you won’t need to pay for a tow if you know how to fix a flat on your own.
Taking Your Car to the Mechanic Shop
1. Use a professional, trained mechanic. Don’t try and diagnose issues with your car. Trying to repair them yourself can cause further damage. Be specific when explaining what you know when speaking with the mechanic. Knowing a dependable mechanic is worth its weight in gold. Make sure they are trained and certified. They cost less and can let you know about problems that will end up costing a lot by fixing them sooner.
2. Know the price. Ask about the charges and confirm how much before the work gets started to avoid being duped at the end.
3. Don’t ignore small problems. If small problems are left unchecked, they can become major ones down the road.
4. Check for leaks. Take your car out for a test run after any repairs have been repaired to ensure the repair has been done correctly.
5. Consider going to the dealership. It will cost more but the mechanics there specialize in diagnosing the problems and solving them quickly. Sometimes you can get a discount too.
6. Care for your belongings. If you need to leave your car at the repair shop, make sure you take all your valuables because mechanics are not responsible for missing items.
What Should You Have in Your Car?
A car breakdown can happen any time. Standing outside on a hot day can be hard enough, but standing on the side of the road as cars whiz by a breakdown can be unbearable. If you can’t fix it and need to wait for help you will be glad to have taken the time and put some items in the car. Having a first aid kit is important. Make sure you have a flashlight and batteries, water to stay hydrated while waiting and snacks in case the wait is long. Paper towels can come in handy for dirty hands when trying to figure out what is wrong. Summer can be brutal on car batteries, so have jumper cables with you. Gloves will come in handy if you need to change a hot tire. Having a multipurpose tool for a repair might be all you need and road flares are great if a breakdown happens at night.
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