As a young kid, I was always into working on cars. As of now, at the age of 39, I have never used a mechanic to repair my car or do routine maintenance such as oil changes, and or, tune ups. Most of us are capable of doing these tasks.
If you have never tried it, that does not mean you can’t do it. Here’s what you can do to see if your going to be able to get it done. First, you will need to have, or get some basic tools. You do not need a $300 Craftsman tool set. You simply need a basic, generic, tool kit that you can usually pick up at the auto parts store while your there getting your parts.
Ask the store clerk to recommend a basic kit that will contain the tools you will need to complete the maintenance on your car. While your there, ask them to come out to the parking lot to look at your car to see if they can offer any tips on doing this task. Most of the employees are always happy to come out, and take a look as well as offer you some helpful advise on how to complete the task.
You will also need to pick up the repair manual for the make and model of your car while your there. The store clerk will also be able to give you guidance, and give you the correct book for your car. This book is easy to read, and understand, and should be studied in your spare time to further your skill level for future repairs that can save you a ton of money down the road in the event of a break down.
It is also a good idea to study your repair manual to give you a better understanding of your car in general, to help you deal with a mechanic in the event of a major break down. This newly learned information, and better understanding of you car, and it’s components, may help you being taken advantage of which will also save you a lot of money.
Most mechanics are decent, honest, hard working men and women. However, just like anything else, there is a bad egg in a bunch every once in a while, and your knowledge can protect you, and your wallet.
Now that you have made your trip to the auto parts store and got your parts,manual, and basic tool kit, your ready to save money, and have some fun doing something new that you can be proud of when your done. You can also get a ton of info. online to help you understand and accomplish this task. Don’t continue to think you can’t do it, because you can!
And for those of you that have learned, or already know how to do these small repairs, offer some help to the single woman across the street, or the elderly men next door, and help them save some money and offer to teach them as well.
I have saved thousands of dollars doing my own repairs, and routine maintenance, and if my daughters can do it, so can you! Give yourself a chance to succeed and you will be amazed at the results!