Hey, you know a way you can save some money is to take a basic automotive class. For instance, some are offered at high schools or colleges. Maybe you can find a friend to teach you some basics about a car. I have three girls and a boy. They all work on their own cars and do the basic stuff like oil change, etc. I know that even should they opt to take the car and have it serviced they will know what is what and are less prone to being ripped off.
Did your heat problem get taken care of?
Now, you can start your learning process by just watching the vehicle closely. For instance, check the oil regularly and the other fluids as well. Brake fluid, clutch fluid, power steering fluid, coolant level, tranny fluid, etc. Also, watch under the car after it has sat for awhile and see if you see any fluid drips. If you see one, investigate the location of it in conjunction with the car engine and see if you can find the source of the leak and the type of fluid that is leaking.
That said; look around the engine, radiator, hoses, watch where the belts are for a coolant leak. That radiator fluid went somewhere.
As for repairs and rentals, etc. Take a shopping trip the next time you need a repair and shop for a repair shop that would give a loaner. They still do exist. Not all repair jobs need to be done at the dealership.
Ask questions, we will be happy to help and I enjoy giving assistance. Good luck!
Thursday, December 7th, 2006 AT 9:59 AM