TIP! Invest in high-quality battery chargers and keep them inside your car. A dead battery is more common than you think and you will be able to help other broken down drivers if you have a battery charger with you.

A car can be a time and money sink if it is not taken care of properly. It is important to familiarize yourself with your car and learn more about simple methods you can use to fix small problems. Keep reading to find out more.

TIP! You absolutely need a good emergency kit inside your vehicle. Be sure the kit has tools for charging the battery, adding gas to the tank, and changing tires.

Before you pay for repairs, take the car out for a spin to make sure things are working as they should. A lot of people don’t try to drive their car first and they figure out the hard way that it wasn’t repaired later on.

TIP! Referrals can be helpful for finding an auto mechanic. Look to your family, friends, and colleagues for their suggestions.

Be mindful whether additional repairs recommended are really necessary. Work should never be performed without your permission, but a good mechanic may point out upcoming repairs that are necessary. If a mechanic performed a repair you did not authorize, you should not take your vehicle to them twice.

TIP! Look out for any mechanics that add unnecessary repairs. A good mechanic should let you know if they noticed parts that are starting to get worn down and will need to be replaced soon but they should not replace the part without your approval.

Attempt to self-diagnose ahead of going to a garage. You can save lots of money if you diagnose the problem on your own, and you may also be able to prevent yourself from being swindled. You may already know that a few mechanics sometime engage in dishonesty if they think they can make a larger profit.

TIP! Ask for OEM parts. These parts are the same original parts designed by the manufacturer.

Check to see if the mechanic you are considering is familiar with your make and model of vehicle. While basic components may be the same, there are differences between cars due to the amount of space beneath the hood. If you cannot be sure, just take the car to a dealership.