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3 simple tips to save you money on auto repair!

You spend a lot of time with with your car. You should probably get to know it better and you'll save on auto repair!

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    mechanic talking with female client in auto repair shop.

Let’s face it: I hate to assume the stereotype but it’s common that us ladies just aren’t as engine-savvy as the guy next door.

As a young, female, engine amateur I have learned: the more you know about your vehicle the more money you save on auto repair, and the less of a chance you can get taken advantage. I think the main concern both men and women need to focus on with their own vehicle is learning as much as possible about your exact make and model – research is key!

The more you know about it the more you can understand when that “Check Engine” light goes on and you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong. Each vehicle reacts to its surroundings differently, sometimes even down to the year it was made. What works well for your car may not be the best choice for another.

Woman checking engine for auto repair

Here are 3 simple tips to keep in mind for overall car maintenance and auto repair:

OIL! I would say knowing which oil works best with your vehicle is extremely important! Oil is one of the most vital components to an engine?s health.? I learned this the hard way; my jeep and most vehicles work best on SYNTHETIC oil as opposed to conventional oil.? It’s better for many reasons including working well in high temperatures and is better for the environment. Although it may cost more than regular oil, you’re doing yourself a favour as it?s often found to perform better and contribute to the longevity of your car.

Bonus Tip: It’s always a good idea to get your tires rotated almost every time you change your oil. I’m mentioning this now because most places do it for free, ie. include it in the price of your oil change and not a lot of people are aware of that!

Read More: Which Oil is Best?

TIRE PRESSURE! I have a tire pressure monitor on my jeep?it came with the car. Every time the weather changes my tire pressure fluctuates and my computer almost always tells me that there is an issue with my tire pressure.? Initially, I would panic and assume the worst ? is it a corroded tire pressure monitor? Is there a leak in one of my tires?? I have come to the understanding that the tire pressure fluctuates with weather change and should not assume the worst every time the warning appears.? However, on one occasion, I actually did have a corroded tire pressure monitor in one of my tires?which can be a serious problem.? Luckily, I always get my tires rotated when I get my oil changed?my mechanic was able to notice the issue right away and replace it for me.? (Another great reason to get your tires rotated at every oil change).

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tire pressure monitor for auto repair

Since we’re talking about tire pressure…

TIRES! I always knew the term “bald tires” meant that it’s time to get a new set. What I didn’t know was how to spot them, until I noticed one day my tires were extremely bald!

I found it strange because it had not been long after I purchased them that they went so bald. Although I had to take into account how much driving I was doing and what kind of driving I was doing, I still found it quite odd.

I soon came to the realization that it’s imperative to research the best option for tires out there, in hopes of saving money. I had purchased a set that was known to go bald sooner than expected, which cost me more money in the long run because I had to replace them much sooner.

Read More: Best Winter Tires for 2015

Take the time to research the exact make and model of your car, because knowing more saves you money on auto repair in the long run. When a problem arises, call your dealership…search the issue on the web…it will help you make the best possible decision to prolong your car’s life. After all, you spend a lot of your time with your car. You should probably get to know it better!

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