Easy Car Maintenance Tips to Make Your Car Go the Distance

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Easy Car Maintenance Tips to Make Your Car Go the Distance

If you’ve ever owned a car, then you’ve probably spent money repairing it. My cars always seem to break down at the most inopportune moments. I remember the first time I had to change a tire on my car. I was coming home from class one night and it was pouring down rain. It was not fun to say the least, but it was an easy fix. Many cars today can last at least 200,000 miles if you treat them properly. By implementing some easy car maintenance tips, you can help further the life of your car and save yourself thousands of dollars in future car repairs.

If You Can, Do Most of the Car Maintenance Yourself

I don’t pretend to be a car expert by any means, or know how to repair many things on my car but I do know that there are simple things you can do to maintain your car. There are numerous things that you can do to your car and not have to worry about a steep mechanic’s bill. By doing your own oil changes, changing spark plugs, or changing the battery you can help further the life of your car and keep the cost down. As a frugal person, I love to try and do things myself but if that’s not an option for you then my best suggestion is to find a good reputable mechanic. My wife and I have been going to the same mechanic for ten years, and he’s worth his weight in gold. I know that I can take our car to him and will get the honest truth. He often times will inform us of some easy car maintenance tips so that we don’t have to bother him with something simple.

Car Maintenance Tips Are Not That Hard to Find

Your glove box is loaded with car maintenance tips. Many cars come with manuals that have maintenance tips specific to the car and even have a maintenance schedule to follow. The manual will commonly have multiple maintenance schedules provided. For most individuals, the extreme-use maintenance schedule is what you’ll want to use. That is for most people who do a lot of stop and go city driving, live in harsh weather climates, or live in a mountainous region. Find your maintenance schedule and come to know it; your car will thank you! If you bought your car through a private party, or didn’t get a manual when you bought the car, contact the dealer, or go to Edmunds.com as they provide maintenance schedules for many cars and a pricing estimate for your area.

Care for Your Car

If you’re like me then you plan on having your car for many years. Trying to be frugal, I look for car maintenance tips that can help further the life of my car. One of the easiest ways to further the car’s life is to simply care for it. Wash and wax it regularly, check the fluids regularly and check the tire pressure once a month. If you hear something funny while driving or detect a strange smell, then it’s possible that something is amiss. Check out the problem right away because if you catch it early enough, you can usually reduce your repair costs and prolong the life of your vehicle. Be frugal about what you spend on car repairs, but don’t be cheap as poorly-made replacement parts could just land you in the same problem again. Finally, don’t fall for mechanics who recommend things that jack up the cost of your bill and appear nowhere in your maintenance schedule.

What car maintenance tips do you have or follow? Do you maintain your own car, or do you go to a mechanic?

Author Bio: John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a finance blog that regularly discusses investing, budgeting, and frugal living. John is a father, husband, and veteran of the financial services industry who’s passionate about helping people find freedom through frugality. Visit him at frugalrules.com.

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