Surprisingly, most people never read their car's manual - even though that is the biggest key to keeping a car running smoothly and trouble-free. A few hundred dollars per year in proper maintenance can avoid thousands of dollars in future repairs. Review & follow the maintenance … [Read more...] about Read the owner’s manual and follow the recommended maintenance schedule to keep your car running smoothly and to avoid thousands in repair costs
Improperly balanced tires can not only wear out the tread on the tires, but can also wear out the vehicle's shock absorbers and damage the vehicle's suspension system - both of which can lead to costly repairs. Get tires balanced every year to drive safer and save money on car … [Read more...] about Add thousands of miles to the life of your tires by having them balanced every year
Warning lights come on for a reason, and odd sounds or issues with how a car is running can indicate problems as well. Keeping your car properly maintained can help avoid some damage, but when issues or warnings arise it is crucial to get them checked immediately. Delays can lead … [Read more...] about Pay attention to your car – if something seems wrong, it probably is. Waiting to get things fixed can mean much more expensive repairs.
Checking a vehicle's air filter is simple and smart - dirty filters waste up to 10% more gas. If a filter doesn’t need to be replaced yet, clean by blowing it with an air hose. The result will be cleaner air in your car as well as money saved every time you drive. Edmunds.com … [Read more...] about Breathe cleaner & cheaper air – check your car’s air filter every month to save up to $130 per year in gas
Find a reputable mechanic who you can trust and who will get to know your car. Ask friends & family for referrals, and call several mechanics to get quotes on routine maintenance and repairs - rates can vary by hundreds of dollars. Keep in mind that dealerships will generally … [Read more...] about Shop around for a good mechanic