It’s worth taking care of your investment.
Here are tasks you’ll want to schedule and keep track of:
Your owner’s manual (or the manufacturer’s website) will provide you with the specific recommendations for when you (or your mechanic) should perform these maintenance tasks for your make/model.
The list is short, but we recommend keeping a written record of when you last did each of these tasks. Trust your list, not your memory – this will help plan for your next trip to the shop, verify you’ve met maintenance requirements or when you trade in your car for a new one. It also helps you track how much you spent and plan your budget.
Even if you’d rather have a professional take care of your general maintenance, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared to make minor repairs or adjustments yourself. Whether changing a tire on the side of the road or adding more windshield wiper fluid during a messy snowstorm.
Here are some specific supplies you should keep in your car and garage.
Before you jump into any maintenance or repairs yourself, make sure you have:
Keep these in your car. You never know when you’ll need them:
Feeling handy? Try some of these maintenance/repair tasks yourself!
You won’t need any tools for this one. All you will need is a new set of wiper blades:
It is as simple as taking out your old filter and dropping in a new one. For most vehicles, you won’t even need any tools.
Life happens – and tires can go flat. Knowing how to handle it when it comes up will save you a lot of stress.
In cold climates snow, ice, and road treatments like salt or chemicals can destroy the underside of your car. Even a simple hose-down of your undercarriage will greatly help to keep the ice and salt from corroding your vehicle. Do this as often as needed.
Wax is like a coat of armor for your car. It’s better on than off, especially when dealing with ice, snow, and salt. It also helps it look good!
Take care of your car and it’ll take you anywhere you want to go. The right supplies will let you be ready to handle basic maintenance and repairs. Keep your car going for decades – and avoid being “that guy” whose car breaks down every other week. You got this.