There are no two ways about it: car maintenance is expensive.
It’s important to keep your car in tip-top shape, though, so even if we grumble about it, we still have to take our vehicles in for check-ups and repairs.
But you may be spending a lot more than you really need to.
According to one of my favorite (anonymous) auto mechanics, there’s a lot you can do to help yourself save $1,000s on your vehicle’s upkeep.
Here are six excellent tips for keeping your car healthy and your money in your pocket.
6 Tips from Mechanics to Save You Money at the Garage
#6 Keep an Eye on the Oil
It’s common knowledge that you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. But common doesn’t necessarily mean accurate.
In fact, most cars run perfectly well on oil that’s over 3,000 miles old. Newer models can even go twice that distance. Or more.
Do some research to find out how often you really need to change your oil, so you can save some bucks at the shop. That being said, having the correct amount of good oil is very important to your car’s health. Don’t be lazy about checking it now and then to make sure you’re in good shape.
If the car is a body and the motor is a heart, then the oil is the blood. And I think we all know how important blood is to a body. If you keep it full and keep it clean, you’ll keep your checking account from taking a big dip due to inattention.