Skipping expensive car maintenance costs may seem like a smart idea at the time, especially if you are struggling to scrape together enough money to pay for them. However, over the longer term, neglecting your vehicle’s maintenance is a false economy, as it will only serve to lower its value as it ages. The good news is that by following the simple advice in the post below, you can keep your car well maintained, without it costing you a fortune!
Wash and detail it yourself
One of the most straightforward ways you can keep your car in good condition is to regularly wash and detail it. Of course, you can expect a hefty price tag for a professional detail, and professional washes can often use products that are not always good for the long-term condition or value of your car. With that in mind, completing both tasks yourself is the best option.
When it comes to washing your vehicle you must follow some basic rules so as not to damage the paintwork. This means using proper car shampoo, and microfibre cloths, and staying away from washing up liquid, as it can strip the protective coating right off the paintwork. It also means that you must choose a dry day, but not one that is too sunny as you will not want your vehicle ending up covered in water spots because the run-off from washing has dried too fast.
Concerning detailing, slow and steady wins the race here. Indeed, care must be taken, lest you do more harm than good to the interior of your vehicle. Be sure to always select the right product for the surface you are working on as well – that is leather cleaner for leather, and fabric cleaner for textiles. Otherwise, you could end up making an expensive mistake.
Find a mechanic offering specials
That is not to say that all car maintenance tasks can be completed at home. After all, there will still be a considerable amount that must be done by a qualified mechanic. Both for safety and to ensure you maintain the value of your car.
Fortunately, there are tactics you can employ to save money, even when your car has to go into the shop. In particular look for a reputable Auto Repair Shop that offers coupons for body repairs in your area. Thereby keeping the cost to you as low as possible.
Learn to change your own oil
Of course, there are also some tasks offered by mechanics that you can also learn to do yourself. One of the easiest of these is to learn to check and change your own oil, something you can get a step-by-step tutorial on in the video below.
Additionally, by using a good quality product when you do change the oil in your car you can maximize the chances that it will run smoothly and provide you with the best mileage possible. Therefore, helping you save money while running your car, and keeping it in great condition over the long term.