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DIY Car Tips To Save Money.

June 12, 2019 by  
Filed under Money, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( When it comes to saving money, your car can be a potential saving. While owning a car is expensive this doesn’t mean that you cant be smart when it comes to maintenance. The best way to keep your costs low is to DIY many of the common cars related issues. These are a few DIY areas that can add up.

Change Your Oil

The oil in your car needs to be changed usually twice a year or more often if you’re a heavy driver. While it seems easy to take the car to a shop and have this done, you can spend a lot of money on simple maintenance. The good news is that changing the oil in your car is a simple chore and only takes a few hours at most. Get a friend or family member to teach you and you can easily do this on your own.

Keep Up with Preventive Maintenance

The normal wear and tear on your car can add up, but you can do some of the basic care at home. For example, tire care isn’t something that you need to hire a professional. Instead, you can research the best tire shine product and take care of this on your own. Cleaning your car, and general concerns can be done even if you don’t know much about cars.

Do Your Research

Chances are, you won’t be able to do every type of maintenance that your car requires unless you want to actually become a mechanic. However, you can get ahead by doing your homework and shopping around. Keep in mind that a smart car owner doesn’t just accept the price that they’re given for a car repair. Instead, it’s a smart choice to always double check prices, especially if you don’t know car maintenance well. Always get a second opinion for major repairs and check with other car shops to get the average price of most repairs.

Return Parts

When you replace a part in your car, there can be a charge for the items like batteries and starters. This can easily add up. However, many of these parts can be used to rebuild engines and aren’t actually going to cost you any money. The best way to avoid paying these high costs is to save these parts and return them to the store. While you won’t get any money back in most cases, you also won’t have to worry about paying for them.

Read the Owner’s Manual

The owner’s manual can seem like a daunting book, but it’s actually a fairly clear and reasonably concise way to get an idea of how your car works and what will need to be fixed or replaced over time. The best way to familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s needs is to read the manual. This will give you a better idea of how to take care of your car.

Despite having a car can seem like a large drain on your finances, it’s actually possible to save money on maintenance. Use these tips to be proactive and DIY many of the common care-related concerns.

Staff Writer; Willie Shaw

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