Getting your car to a functioning state should be a top priority for you. When you have no car, you may be stranded. You may think you have to spend a lot of money on auto repairs; however, this is not usually the case. You can save a lot of money by fixing the issue on your own.
Get yourself a good battery charger, making sure to keep it inside the car. Dead batteries are a common problem, and you should always have a charger or cables on you at all times. It is also important to understand how to properly connect the charger to the battery.
An emergency kit is a crucial item to have handy in your car. This kit should include specific tools for charging your battery, changing your tire, etc. It is also wise to include a flashlight, some fresh batteries and a blanket in case your vehicle breaks down in cold weather or at night.
Regularly check out your radiator. Let the car run a couple minutes, shut your engine and open up your hood. Never open the radiator while the car is on. 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.
Get your car washed often to keep rust at bay. Every car is going to rust in the future, but this can be delayed if you just get all of the chemicals and salt off your car when you can. A good wax is your best friend: a friend that will protect that shiny new paint job for a long time.
You can fix your car on your own sometimes, while other times, you’ll need a mechanic. Sometimes, you can even do the repairs yourself. Implement what you’ve learned to help get your car on the road again.