Want to save money on car repairs? Check out this great tip from KOAB reader, Yehudah.
I love your blog and wanted to share this idea with you – I think it’s a great way to save money. I wasn’t sure if you discussed saving money by doing auto-repairs yourself or not. (Note from Mara: I haven’t! So I’m glad you sent me your email, Yehudah!)
I wouldn’t advocate the messy complicated things, but simple things like changing your air filters, wiper blades, and light bulbs can save $100’s over the life of your car. I’ve taught myself a few of these things, and these aren’t make-it-or-break-it for the car. i.e I’m not touching the engine, oil, tires, brakes etc.. though that would save money as well. I just don’t trust myself with learning that via You Tube.
I recently purchased and installed an air filter for my car (accessed through the glove box, no messiness at all) from Amazon for around $9, when the dealer wanted $50.
Where to Find YouTube Tutorials on Car Repair
In terms of finding YouTube videos, I recommend doing a specific search when you need to find something. Not all car models have the same type of wiper blade connectors, filter etc, so you may need to do a new search for your specific car.
Unfortunately there is no single auto repairs “series” on YouTube that I have found. I would also disclaim that you should be at least mildly handy before attempting any auto repairs.
Thanks, Yehudah! What a great tip. And way to save $41 thru your self sufficiency! My husband Frankie does swap out our wiper blades and light bulbs — and now I’m excited for him to try the air filter. Fortunately he’s a handy one, since I’m all thumbs when it comes to DIY.
Do you have a quick-and-easy money saving tip to share with KOAB readers? Please send it to me — I’d love to spread the word.