For simple things, such as adding oil and windshield wiper fluid to your vehicle, there is no reason that you cannot do these things on your own. You do not need to waste money on a professional for these jobs. If you know how to do routine maintenance, go ahead and do it. Before giving your car keys to the service department, make sure you know what the cost for the repair will be. If something is not clear, clarify it with the service adviser or mechanic before starting any repair on the car. If you do not communicate with your mechanic, you might be surprised with additional fees once you receive your bill. Pay attention to any sounds coming from your car. Noise is something that can indicate a problem if you know what to listen for. If you can describe the sound to your mechanic you can save yourself some money by making it easier for them to diagnose the problem. You don’t always need a repair-person for your car troubles. Some of the work can be done on your own, as there are problems that are relatively easy to repair. Try troubleshooting the issue on the Internet or talk to your friends to see if they have an idea of what could be wrong with your vehicle. If the job is a simple one, you might save a bit of money if you make repairs on your own. Ensure you regularly inspect your radiator. Run your car, turn it off then pop the hood. Do not lift the radiator lid when the engine is running or if it is too hot. Check how much fluid is in the radiator with a dipstick and keep in mind that you should always mix coolant with water before pouring it in your radiator.
When you get parts replaced on your car, you should pay attention to the warranty that comes with the part. Ask the mechanic about your warranty in regards to parts they’re ordering for your car. Learn the length of time of the warranties, and ask your mechanic to print out a copy of the contract for you to look over it.