We all know of the extortionately high costs we are sometimes made to pay for maintenance and repairs, which is why we have compiled a list of six ways to cut car maintenance and repair costs to help you save money by taking greater care of your car, and seeing to issues as soon as they arise .
Take Care of Your Tires
Your tires take the most brutal punishment from your car. They literally take on the weight of the entire vehicle, which is why it’s no surprise that you need to keep them in the best condition you possibly can.
Take time regularly to make sure all four of your tires are inflated properly and aligned in place. Ideal tire pressures change between vehicles, to find the perfect pressure for your tires, consult your car owner’s manual. It has been estimated these two simple acts alone can increase your mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
Change Your Oil on Time
Unlike a number of points in this article, changing your oil is something you can do yourself but we would recommend you don’t unless you have prior experience. It’s not so much a difficult task as a time consuming one.
You should be changing your oil once every three to five thousand miles (consult your owner’s manual on the exact number). Next time you go in to get your oil changed, ask about the different grades, viscosity, and weights of the oil and what would work best in your car, as using good oil can reduce fuel consumption and extend the lifespan of your engine.
Change Your Air Filter
It is not just inexpensive to change your air filter, it’s also incredibly easy. When your filter becomes dirty it can have a dramatic effect on your fuel mileage, with some experts predicting up to a ten percent drop. Rather than check the filter everyday, look to change every three months as a minimum. Though if you live in a rural area where you encounter more dirt, you may want to increase the consistency.
Check your owner’s manual for the exact part numbers you need, as well as a brief rundown on how to change it. In most case, you won’t need any tools aside from a pair of hands.
Look After Your Brakes
Taking care of your brakes is crucial not just to save money in having them checked by a professional, but also for your safety. You don’t need us to tell you about the devastating effects bad brake pads can have on a car’s stopping time.
Taking care when braking, and never stopping harshly (unless necessary) is the best way you can look after your brakes to ensure they stay with you for a long time to come.
Address Windshield Cracks Immediately
We’ve all seen the adverts. However much we would like to convince ourselves these are extreme cases, they’re not. If you leave a crack on your windshield to just sit there, it will slowly grow into a large crack that requires you to replace your whole windshield.
As soon as a windshield crack appears, get in touch with somebody to get it sealed. In most cases it will only be a cheap job (much cheaper than getting the whole windshield replaced) and you may even be lucky enough to have it covered by your insurance.
Touch-up Paint Scratches Yourself
If you go to any garage asking for a quote for them to touch-up even just a small number of paint scratches on your car, you will likely come out of there with a quote for hundreds of pounds. Oftentimes they will assume you will pay it as most do, rather than deal with the perceived hassle of seeing to the job themselves.
The thing is, touching up a few scratches yourself really isn’t a hassle at all, especially if you can find your exact paint match in good time. In fact, those few minutes work could be the highest paying few minutes, in terms of money saved, you’ve ever worked.
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