Being a mechanic's daughter (See the follow-up interview with my dad here), and the daughter of a son of a truck driver, I have always been taught the importance of vehicle maintenance and the value of respecting your car. Keeping your car running smoothly will help your car last longer, run more smoothly, and keep you and your passengers safe.
With these helpful guides to car care, you can avoid some common car problems caused by neglecting to maintain your car. Get the most out of even the most limited handyman (or woman) skills with some simple DIY car care tips.
Below are some great links from the blogosphere with DIY car maintenance tips to help you save money and keep your car in top form and function. Next week, I’ll be sitting down with my dad, who has been working on cars for over 35 years, to share some things all drivers and car owners should know about saving money on auto repair.
Best Car TipsWisebread put together this very helpful list of 8 simple auto repairs to save big bucks in the long haul. They give great advice on simple repairs you can do on your vehicle - maybe even yourself - that you shouldn’t put off until the big-ticket issues come up. When that “check engine” light comes on, check this list for what it might be!
Even if all you need is a new set of tires – Ryan from Cash Money Life gave the ultimate guide to buying tires. From the type of tire you need, to where you should get it, to how you can save money on tires, this post has everything you need so you don’t have to worry about this common car problem that needs attention.One of the easiest ways to decrease money stress is simply to increase gas mileage. MoneyCrashers made this great post complete with basic, intermediate, and advanced tips for all skill levels. Everything you need to know about getting the greatest MPGs is right here!
Whether you are a new car owner or have been driving for most of your life and just need a refresher course, be sure to check out Carrie from Careful Cents’ “Ways Car Owners Can Save Money.” Carrie celebrates paying off her car by giving an overview of DIY car care and tips on how to properly maintain your car to keep it running smoothly for years.
As if Wisebread wasn’t enough, One Cent at a Time offers a complete list of 25 Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself. He not only gives several common car problems, but also provides advice on how to fix them yourself to keep your car running smoothly and your budget in the black!
Stay tuned for part II with even more DIY car maintenance tips!