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Basic Car Maintenance

22 Oct Blog | Comments

Cars are not a cheap investment. Whether a person buys a brand-new car, which comes with and expensive monthly payments or a used car, which comes with expensive repairs, cars are not cheap. Much like a person’s body, if given the proper nutrition and exercise a person’s body stays healthier longer. If a vehicle is taken care of regularly it can last longer, costing a person less, in the long run. The best way to take care of any vehicle is to understand basic car maintenance.

Basic car maintenance is defined as things any person can do to help maintain his or her car. Many of those basic car maintenance items are things most people could do themselves, saving even more money. A few examples are listed below:

  • Oil Changes – An oil change should be done every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. If your vehicle does not use synthetic oils then it is recommended that an oil change be done every 3,000 miles. You could save yourself around $50.00 by doing it yourself. There are lots of Do It Yourself videos online if you want to learn how to do it yourself and save a bit of money.
  • Check Air Pressure – Air pressure should be checked every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. Although many garages include this in their basic maintenance when they check over your car is important for you to know how to do it. The most important piece of knowledge to be aware of is what the recommended air pressure is for your particular vehicle. This is important because if your tire is ever running low you will know it is low when you check it.
  • Change Windshield Wipers – Windshield wipers should be changed every 12 months or 12,000 miles or whenever the wipers start leaving streaks. Wipers can be professionally replaced for up to $50.00 per blade. By learning how to do it you can save yourself up to $50.00 per blade.
  • Engine Air Filter – Changing your own engine air filter can save you $20 – $100. Engine air filters should be changed every 12 months/12,000 miles. This one can be a bit trickier to do yourself, but there are great DYI videos online.
  • Research equals Savings – By doing a little research on your own you could save yourself a lot of money. Unfortunately there are shops out there that will take advantage of someone who doesn’t know much about cars. By understanding the basics of your car, like when certain maintenance milestones are due you might be able to figure out if they are recommending something that is unnecessary.

Taking care of a car is not easy and can sometimes cost a lot of money. Understanding some basic car maintenance can help you save money not only by doing some of it yourself. Also by being aware of what should be done to the car at what mileage, a mechanic cannot take advantage of your lack of knowledge.



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