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TIP! Referrals can be helpful for finding an auto mechanic. Get recommendations from family and friends.

A car can be a time and money sink if it is not taken care of properly. Besides becoming familiar with your car’s model, you can learn other tricks. Continue reading so that you can save yourself both time and money.

TIP! Beware of mechanics who do unneeded repairs on the car. They should contact you before doing any extra work.

Understand your manual and mark important pages. You need to know the basics about your car prior to visiting with a mechanic. Sometimes you may find things that you can easily fix yourself and do not require a trip to the dealership.

TIP! If you do not have headlights that are shining bright enough, you may need to clean them. Residue can diminish their light output.

Whenever you have your vehicle repaired, ensure you maintain an adequate record, regardless of the reason why you are having repairs. If you have problems later, it may help the mechanic to see these notes. If you do not have the records, you might end up paying more for the mechanic to poke around trying to find the source of the trouble.

Test out your car before paying for its repairs. If you don’t do this, you may still have an issue after you get it home.

TIP! Get a second opinion on all major repairs. Although most repair shops can be trusted, you do not want to have to spend some more unnecessary repairs.

Try to get OEM parts for your car. This means that they’ve come directly from the manufacturer. Generic may be cheaper, but you don’t know the quality of these parts as time goes on. A cheap, generic part is less of a bargain if it only lasts half as long as an OEM part would.

TIP! Replacing your own taillights and headlights is an easy way to save money. It’s easy in some vehicles, and it’s a lot cheaper than having someone else do it.

If you’re headlights don’t appear to be as bright as they once did, you may want to check their cleanliness. Different substances from the road will accumulate on the glass of the headlights. This will block a portion of the light. Use a quality glass cleaner to keep your lights clean.

TIP! Consider finding someone who repairs cars in their own garage. When they are certified and have experience, they may be worth hiring.

Ask if your intended mechanic is experienced with the make and model of your car. Cars can differ significantly, even if the general mechanical principles are the same. A luxury SUV is quite different from a hybrid Prius, for example. If you are not sure, spend the extra money and go to an authorized dealer.

TIP! Don’t have too many keychains or other items on your key fob. The ignition of your car is not meant to hold much weight.

You should make sure to have a spare tire and jack with you all the time. Modern cars come equipped with them already. You’re not going to want to be paying money for being rescued by a tow truck after finding yourself stuck. It is a whole lot easier and cheaper if you do it yourself.

TIP! Keep track of how often you need to change your oil. The oil should be replaced after so many miles, and it is important that you keep track.

Your wiper blades should never be forgotten about. You need new windshield wipers if they are making noises or leaving streaks. Get new wipers blades yearly or on a more regular basis if there is often rain or snow where you live.

TIP! Competent repairs can be done elsewhere than at the dealership. There are many technicians that may be closer in proximity to your house.

Memorize each light and symbol on your dash instrument panel. When one lights up, it helps to understand what you’re dealing with. They are there to help you, so take advantage of that. If you simply overlook them for months on end, there is a chance your vehicle might sustain irreparable damage.

TIP! Do not try do diagnose difficult auto repair problems yourself. Know that you may not be a total expert! It may seem like an easy fix, but in modern computerized vehicles, that may not be the case.

Keep in mind that you don’t need the dealer for auto repairs. There are a variety of mechanics and auto shops on offer for you to chose from. If you’re comfortable with a tech, use him or her.

TIP! Warranties are vital when your car gets fixed, particularly if your parts are expensive. Therefore, when a mechanic orders parts for your vehicle, you should ask him or her about their warranties.

You should check the tire pressure when you go to the gas station. Examine the tires for anything that might be stuck in them. If you spot an issue, don’t put off getting it repaired. It is very dangerous driving on bad tires.

TIP! If you are living on a budget, but desperately need to repair your car, then get in touch with your vocational school’s auto repair department. You will get an excellent rate and your car will be fixed by an instructor and students in training.

Become educated on car-part classifications. Learn the difference between rebuilt parts, salvage parts, and new parts. New parts are brand new and made to the manufacturer’s specification. Parts that are rebuilt, reconditioned, and re-manufactured have been restored to good condition. However, salvage is simply another word for a used part.

TIP! It’s not uncommon to drop your vehicle off at a garage, only to return and discover a few expenses have been tacked on. They do this to make you think you are getting a bargain.

Don’t try to diagnose and fix complex automotive issues. It takes special skills to work on cars. Vehicle repairs can be complicated. Let repair shops diagnose your vehicle. Tell them everything you can about the issue, but allow them to determine the cause.

TIP! Give the brakes a bleed after you’ve done work on them. Take the time to pump brake fluid too.

Only go to a repairman that is certified. The National Institute for Automotive Excellence provides the seal of approval for consumers to look for. This indicates that they are properly trained and will give you quality service.

TIP! If you’re experiencing a major problem with your brand new car, call the manufacturer immediately. There might be a recall issued for the vehicle or the manufacturer will consider issuing a recall if you are not the only person who complains.

Always contact the manufacturer if you’re experiencing safety-related problems with a new car. It may be a recall issue if multiple people report the same problem. Manufacturers will often fix the car in these cases.

TIP! You can replace your oil or top up your windshield fluid on your own. You do not need to waste money on a professional for these jobs.

You are completely capable of changing your oil, checking your fluids and simple maintenance tasks such as these. It’s a falsehood that only mechanics are qualified to perform routine maintenance. You should not hesitate to do some repairs yourself, as long as you have the proper skills and knowledge.

TIP! When a mechanic gives you a diagnosis, get a second opinion before deciding to fix your car. Call several other places to get quotes on the same work the original mechanic says you need.

As previously stated, the more you know about the basics of vehicle maintenance and repair, the better off you will be. You can fix problems on your own or choose the right mechanic. When performing do-it-yourself auto repairs, make use of these tips.

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