Owning your own automobile can give you a wonderful sense of freedom. You can go anywhere and do anything you want, whenever you want. Of course, you'll quickly find out that you do need to pay for things like regular repairs if you want your car to keep running well. These following tips can get your car back on the road again.
Check the transmission fluid every two to three months. Let your engine run and open the hood of your car. Use the transmission dipstick to check the fluid levels. If there is not enough fluid in your transmission you probably have a leak somewhere in your system. It is best to take the car to a mechanic so he can locate the leak.
Purchase motor oil on sale and in discount stores and keep two or three bottles in the trunk of your car. Check your oil every time you fill your gas tank. If you find that your oil level is low, you will save lots of money by having your own oil on hand rather than purchasing it at a gas station for inflated prices.
If your car door and hatch locks tend to become stiff, avoid breaking your key off in the lock by lubricating them periodically with a penetrating oil spray. You can use the plastic extender that comes with the spray can to deliver oil to the interior of the locking mechanism. If you have misplaced this extender, just spray your key liberally and turn it in the stiff lock several times.
Make sure you get a signed copy of the estimate for the repairs. You also need to make sure that the contract contains a clause that the shop must contact you before exceeding the total on the estimate. This will protect you from getting a surprise bill once work is completed.
Try to find out what is causing the a problem with your vehicle before taking it to the shop. This will save you a great deal of money and protect you against fraud. As you've probably heard, there are some mechanics that like to lie about issues to make some more money.
You should not wait too long before changing the windshield wiper blades on your car. Failing to do this may cause them to work improperly the next time it is raining outside, which can lead to an accident. It is a good idea to change them every couple of years/
If you need new tires, do not get used ones from a garage or a junk yard. Used tires are not a good choice since they might be worn thin or have already been patched. Brand new tires are expensive but they are a good investment and will help you remain safe.
Before giving your car to a shop, ask them about their fees. Some repair shops display their rates, so read them carefully and be sure to ask about anything you don't fully understand. You have a right to know how much a repair will cost and what it will consist of. Some service shops have estimated times for repair, establish by the manufacturers. Some "Minor" repairs could take all day if they go by those manufacturers' established times.
A dealer isn't your only option for auto repair. There are many shops where skilled auto technicians reside. If you're comfortable with a tech, use him or her.
Repairs do not always have to run into the thousands. Usually, the problems with your car can be fixed yourself. Get your vehicle working by using the tips you learned here.