Save Money with DIY car maintenance tips

Even if you learn how to change oil, spark plugs, and air filters, you can save hundreds of dollars in annual maintenance charges.

Cars are getting more complicated every year with the addition of new car technology; electronics based parts, and newer control systems. Cars were not always like that. If you open the bonnet of a 80s model car, you’ll know they were a tad simpler back then. There was a time when drivers with a bit of training could perform most of the everyday car maintenance tasks.

However, with under the bonnet becoming more complicated every day, modern drivers are forgetting this skill. They are growing more reluctant towards carrying out the maintenance tasks by themselves. They prefer to leave it to the professional if anything goes wrong.

But relying on a professional service for every maintenance task can be costly at times. This is where DIY maintenance can come in handy and save you from shelling out extra bucks on car maintenance.

While the bigger problems still need the help of car professionals, any one with basic knowledge of car mechanics can solve the small, minor problems. All you need is the basic training in car mechanics to get started.

Take a course

There are literally hundreds of courses to learn car maintenance. These courses are organized through local colleges and adult learning centres and don’t cost a lot. Although distance-learning programs are available too, it is better to get your hands dirty with grease and oil.

The practical training you may take may be bit outdated taking view of latest technologies in automobiles, today. However, every internal combustion engine still has a spark plug, a combustion chamber and needs intact battery connections to get started.

Look for specific courses

If you’re driving a Honda, look for courses providing training in Honda cars. The same goes for any other car manufacturer. A specific course will get you started on your vehicle in no time. Even if you can’t fix the problem, you’ll still have an idea what’s wrong with your car and be able to communicate with the car professional, confidently.

There are instances when the car mechanic does unneedful car jobs, like changing parts when they can be fixed or charging for fixing an engine problem when your engine is fine. A trained individual can know if the mechanic is providing a wrong estimate or replacing a healthy part. Once you get yourself acquainted with car parts, you yourself will know what’s wrong, what needs to be fixed, and how much it should costs.

Even if you learn how to change oil, spark plugs, and air filters, you can save hundreds of dollars in annual maintenance charges.


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