Auto Repair and Maintenance: Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape
Perhaps your car has been making a funny grinding noise when it starts, or maybe someone backed it into a parking meter. (Maybe, just maybe, that person was you.) But before you rush out to a garage or auto body shop, visit the sites in this section for do-it-yourself auto repair advice and car repair manuals.
- DIY is a common abbreviation for "do it yourself." You'll frequently come across the phrase "DIY auto repair" in this guide and during your Internet searches on car repair.
- Although there are a number of do-it-yourself car repair sites out there, knowing your capabilities is a virtue. Auto repair can be an arduous and even risky task-be prepared to work hard.
- Consult the findingDulcinea Cars Web Guide for help finding car parts. If you need specific information about old and vintage car parts, take a look at the findingDulcinea Car Restoring Web Guide.
OK, so the blow dryer didn't work. You can always send your car to the folks who really know what they're doing: auto repair technicians. The sites in this section help you locate car repair shops and offer advice on ensuring that the price you've been quoted is the right one.
- When you go to an auto repair shop, check to see that it's certified. A seal of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a well-known certification
- Always check to make sure an auto body repair shop will abide by your car's warranty.
If you can, it's best to avoid auto repairs in the first place. Maintaining your car through routine checkups can save you plenty of money and frustration in the long run. The Web sites listed below highlight the important checkups and essential tenets of auto maintenance that keep your vehicle running smoothly.
- As with car repair, there are some auto maintenance tasks best left to a professional. Know your limits; don't hurt yourself or your car trying to save a few bucks.
Drivers tend to take their cars very seriously: "Sure, my son graduated medical school today, but isn't that wax job the most wonderful thing you've ever seen?" If your car is a major source of passion and commitment in your life, visit the following sites to get connected to other auto enthusiasts through blogs and forums.
- Found a blog you especially like? Try checking its blogroll, a list of links to other blogs usually found on the side of a blog's page. You may discover more reading that's worth your while.
- Many forums require that you register and create a username before posting anything. It's usually free.
- Go ahead and take advice and tips from many of these blogs-sharing useful, firsthand information is what they're all about. Before you take any irreversible measures, however, double-check to be sure that the advice you got is sound.