If you drive regularly, you need to know the basics of auto repair. There are shocking numbers of drivers out there who are entirely clueless on this subject, though. Thankfully, the tips below are a great start.
Verify that any prospective mechanic has earned an A.S.E. certification. This certification confirms the the mechanic has a lot of experience working on cars. That means only the best will work on your car.
Do not underestimate the importance of having an emergency kit in your car. It should have tire changing tools, a battery charger and tools to top up your gas tank. A few blankets, flashlights and spare batteries are also great to have.
Keep an eye on your radiator levels. Run your car, turn it off then pop the hood. Never open your radiator if your vehicle is running. Use a dipstick to check the radiator’s fluid level, and remember to always mix water in with your coolant if need be. Some coolants come premixed.
Prior to handing over your keys, be sure you have a good idea of the repair cost. If you are unclear about certain things, clarification is needed before repairs are started. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you get your bill.
You can easily find an auto mechanic that is good if you get referred to them. Ask the people you know and trust who they take their vehicles to. You can learn about the quality of work, the pricing and if they were satisfied with the service. People will let you know how their experience went.
Driving a car brings with it the responsibility of keeping your vehicle in proper condition at all times. Unfortunately, some people do not know how to find affordable auto repair or make their own repairs. Use the tips presented in this article and do more research on the specific issues you are encountering.