Money is tight and cars are expensive to buy, run and maintain. Gone are the days when most of us could pop the bonnet and have a play around with the engine; there’s very little that isn’t automated that you can do yourself to save money. We do know though that you don’t want to be spending any more money than you have to and the following top tips by Consumer Reports show you how it’s done.
Do your research
The first thing is to do your research. All cars come with manuals and whilst it may be boring to read them it may save you time and money if you know what you’re doing when something goes wrong. It can also ensure you do the right thing when you need to too (i.e. you don’t want to use the wrong oil, for instance). In the past, everyone had a Haynes Repair Manual in their garage and books like these can still be useful if you want to tackle something a little more adventurous. More to the point all the information you need is online so there’s really no excuse.
Replace things yourself if possible
There are possibly things you can replace yourself. Light bulbs are notoriously difficult to access in some cars but it can be done if you read the manuals (and there are options for different types of bulbs like halogen, which may be brighter and reach further). It is also easy to replace fuses and strips on the sides of the doors.
Take care of your car
It sounds obvious but this really can help save money. Cleaning windscreen wipers regularly gives them
new life and it is only by regularly cleaning and polishing a car that you’ll be able to find new dents and scratches that you can touch up yourself. All of these things take some time but they will definitely save you money in the short and long term.