Save Money and Just DIY

We don’t only focus on getting you a vehicle with poor credit financing; we also offer you great tips to save money on maintenance you can do yourself!

While the latest trend is to DIY as much as possible, when it comes to auto repairs we tend to prefer to pay out of our pocket for others to handle it.

Sometimes this is simply due to time constraints, but most of the time it’s due to the fact you don’t really know where to start.

7 Tips to Get You Started

Save Money and Just DIY

When you think of doing auto repairs, your mind probably flashes to men in greasy jump suits with all sorts of dirt and oil on their faces and hands.

You may not know, but this isn’t necessary for every fix or repair. However, you don’t want to get in over your head either. Check out these quick tips to get you started.

  1. Start Small and Simple
    If you have little to no vehicle maintenance knowledge, it’s probably better to start off small and not jump into completely rebuilding your engine. Start with the small repairs and build your knowledge and confidence.
    Here are a few great places to start learning your vehicle’s ins and outs:

    • Change Wiper Blades
    • Headlight Replacement
    • Change Oil
    • Replace Spark Plugs

    Make sure you are comfortable with performing these repairs. Never start a repair you are unsure of or that puts you in a dangerous place; say under a car with a shaky jack.

  2. Avoid Repairs That Can Go Bad Quick
    Don’t do repairs that leave a high risk for error. This is your vehicle after all and the goal is to have it run better, not handicapped. For repairs that require a more educated and skilled hand, take it to the mechanics.
  3. Have Your Tools Ready
    Before you start any job; make sure you have all the tools that you need. Also make sure that you have the correct supplies and products as well.
  4. Do Your Homework
    Especially for more complicated repairs, make sure you research what you’ll be doing as well as what to do if you flub and have to go back and fix a mistake you made during the repair.
  5. YouTube It
    It’s much easier to know how to do something once you’ve seen someone else do it too. YouTube and other video services have a plethora of how-to videos to get you started on a variety of repairs.
  6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
    If you get into a project and figure out that you can’t do it on your own, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for assistance. It’s better to ask than render your car useless.
  7. Be Safe
    Above all, be safe! Take every precaution needed to insure your safety as well as the safety of those around you. If a repair seems too risky, take it to the people are trained to handle these sorts of repairs. Your life and health are worth more than what a repair will cost.

As We See It

We helped you find the financing you need for your vehicle, now we want to help you keep the maintenance costs down. These few tips are a great place to start! Remember though, if at any time you feel unsure or uneasy, just stop and get some expert advice. We don’t want you to risk ruining your new vehicle after all! And remember, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself there are other options. Like car service contracts for people who’d rather let the pros do their work.

Posted on May 17, 2014 by in Car Maintenance
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