I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard the lecture about my gas mileage going down because I carry too much stuff in my trunk. While it’s true that your car should not be used as storage locker, there are some things you absolutely should have in your car in case of a roadside emergency.
These items often come bundled in a neat bag, but if choose to build your own kit you can always pick up a small basket and slide it under a passenger seat. Good luck and don’t forget that the best way to avoid an emergency is to prepare!
Everyone knows that regular maintenance is necessary to keep your vehicle in top working condition. Even if worked on your own cars as a teenager with your friends you may still be considered an amateur mechanic. It highly recommended that you leave the work to a professional mechanic who knows exactly how to work on your car. This regular service is very important for any car regardless of make and model.
Picking the right mechanic to entrust to work on your car is an important decision and should be taken seriously. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a mechanic.
First, ask the prospective mechanic for some references. If he knows there is potential for long term business he will be more than happy to provide you a list of satisfied clients. If you own multiple cars, let him know - the opportunity to be your destination for auto repairs is what a mechanic likes to know. Let him know that you take your auto maintenance very seriously and that is why you would like to speak to some of his customers. Also ask friends and family who they take their vehicles to, you're bound to find a name that comes up more than once.
The next thing you should be concerned with is his qualifications or certifications. We always recommend using a service station that all employees are ASE certified. Always ask the mechanic about this - if they maintain these credentials they are more than happy and proud to share it.
Finding the right mechanic is important to the longevity of your car, take the time to find a good one.
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