How to Be Diligent About Choosing a Mechanic and Maintaining Your Car
According to AAA, 35% of the drivers in America have skipped or delayed a recommended service or repair. And, yet, the most effective way to keep repair costs down is to avoid them in the first place.
Follow your owner’s manual for tasks like oil changes and tire rotations. Thankfully, newer vehicles are programmed with maintenance reminders. Just don’t ignore them.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Rotate them regularly to avoid shortening their life. Under normal driving conditions, your vehicle’s front tires wear faster than the rear tires because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. This is especially true on front-wheel drive vehicles. Regular tire rotation for less than $50 promotes even wear and saves hundreds of dollars on early tire replacement.
Find a good, honest mechanic. Word of mouth is often the best source. Your dealership is one option, but the fees can be expensive once your vehicle is past warranty.
A good mechanic will let you know if they notice things that need attention. He should willingly give you a written quote itemizing parts and labor.
Never take repeat business to a technician who performs unnecessary repairs.
Ask plenty of questions before letting anyone work on your car so you have a thorough understanding. And make sure you know the price.
Of course, there is always the option to do your own maintenance. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and ask for help if you don’t.
Finally, keep and store your car’s records in a folder in your glove compartment.
Manage your vehicles well so they will work for you.
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Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.
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