In this day and age, we are all busy, struggling to find time to do the things that we need to do.

But what if I told you that you could save hundreds of dollars by doing your own car maintenance?

What if you never had to take your car into the shop just for someone to overcharge you for their work?

To some people, cars are like a foreign language.  And we don’t know what to do with them. We drive them, fill their tank and then are on our way.

But keeping up to date on your cars needs is essential for saving money and the longevity of your vehicle.

You may be one of those who loves their cars. You WANT to know how to fix things yourself but no one has ever taught you.

Well, here are some easier than you might think tips for car maintenance.

So, take notes. You may be surprised at how much car maintenance could save you.

 

First Things First

 

If you own a car, and drive it around, you need to have the proper insurance. If you have an old car in your garage that you would are repairing, then when you do fix it, you will need insurance.

One DIY project you may not be thinking of is insurance shopping. Having the correct cheap car insurance could save you hundreds every year.

You may have to shop around. Or, there are cheap auto insurance companies that could help.

Usually there is a minimum amount of insurance you will need for your vehicle. This could include Liability insurance and property damage.

There is also car insurance companies that cover roadside assistance and towing which may come in handy.

Saving money with your car isn’t just about the physical labor, but the risk management as well. If you get into a car accident, you will want to be prepared.

After the insurance and registration are in order, you will want to take care of and maintain your vehicle.

There are a list of items you will need to have fixed on your car during it’s lifetime. But, you don’t necessarily have to take it in.

Doing It Yourself

 

There may be something strange to you about pulling that car into the garage and cranking on your tools.

“Tools cost a lot!”,  you may be thinking.

Yes, the right tools can cost a lot, but they could last you a lifetime.

And, down the road you will save tons. Most of the time, these tools can also be used for other things around the house as well.

 

Here are a few tools you will need to get started on any car project:

  1. Car Jack/ or ramps ($50-$100)
  2. Ratchet/wrench set ($60)
  3. Oil collection basin ($15)
  4. Funnels ($5)
  5. Shop towels ($10)
  6. Gloves and safety glasses ($15)

 

 

DIY Fixes That Save

 

Changing The Oil

Here are some basic steps to changing the oil in your vehicle.

 

 

Changing A Tire

These are the steps on how to change a flat tire.

First, you need to pull over to a very safe place.

If you are on a freeway, try and pull the car way over onto the shoulder and put out cones or some sort of sign for people to see.

It’s always a good idea to have roadside assistance just in case you need it. But if  you don’t, here is what to do.

 

 

Adding The New Tire…

 

 

Changing A Battery

 

Here are some simple steps to changing the battery in your car.

 

In With The New…

 

 

What is one of the best ways to keep on top of your car problems?

Don’t ignore those sounds you hear.

If you car is making noise, get it checked out as soon as possible.

 

Changing Spark Plugs

 

Spark plugs are for keeping your car running smoothly.

They need to be replaced regularly for your car to function at it’s best. You can do this yourself and it isn’t hard.

 

How Much Could You Save?

 

Here is the breakdown of how much you could save. Use this guide as well as your car manual to solve these mechanical issues in your car.

 

On average a car needs 3-4 oil changes a year.

 

Most local shops charge on average $30-$50 for an oil change with filter. Using synthetic oil can cost you even more.

$30, four times a year is $120.

When you do your own oil change, you will be paying for the oil (usually around 4-5 quartz), filter and oil pan. You will probably spend about the same on an oil change at home as you would in the shop. What you are saving on is what could go wrong if a shop tends to your car. Many times, oil changing stations are in a hurry to get your car in and out. There have been countless cases of bolts being stripped, seals not being properly replaces and heavy leaks.

You want to prevent these things. No one takes better care of your car than you!

 

Tire changes won’t cost you in money as much as they will in time.

 

If you know how to change your own tire, calling and waiting for a roadside assistance is a thing of the past.

If you don’t have roadside assistance with your cheap auto insurance plan, you will end up paying out of pocket.

 

An average car battery costs about $50-$100.

The average labor costs for repairing a battery are anywhere from $75 to $150.

Batteries typically last anywhere from 2-5 years.

So, it won’t kill your bank account to take it in to a shop, however it is always nice to play some music, pop open an ice cold beverage and work on your car at home.

 

Spark plugs may cost up to $200 in a shop

While parts for spark plugs range between $75 and $100, labor costs are another $100 to $150.

So doing this by yourself every couple of years could save a couple hundred dollars.

You may also find that learning to do this will help you better understand the anatomy of your cars engine.

 

 

Things to keep in mind:

 

  1. If you lease a car, you usually have to have the oil changed at the car dealership you leased it from. There are specific regulations on when and where your leased car can be maintained.
  2. Classic cars may have more expensive parts that are harder to find. You may need expert advice when working on these vehicles.
  3. Every car has different specifications for maintenance. Please check your service manual before proceeding with these tasks.
  4. DIY projects needs to be done in a safe environment with the proper safety gear.

 

Being handy with your car isn’t just about saving money. The  more you know about your car and how it functions, the better.

If you are looking for help with these at home projects, check out Youtube.com. There are a lot of great videos for everything listed above.

Do-It-Yourself blogs can also be helpful and they are everywhere. Pretty much any at-home project that you are interested in can be found online.

Make sure you always use the correct safety protection such as goggles and gloves. Dispose of batteries and oil correctly and remember to not throw them away.

The best part about doing things yourself, is the independence you will feel when you don’t have to take your very own car into a shop!