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The Responsible Car Owner

Those purchasing a car for the first time may be excited about their purchase but will overlook the most important part of the buying process. Once the papers have been signed and the car is yours, you need to turn out of the dealership and go straight to an auto parts store to complete the process. There are a few tools any vehicle owner is going to have with them. These are jacks, jack stands, a good sturdy socket set, rags, funnel, and a bucket, a pair of jumper cables, a strong pair of pliers, and a screwdriver set.

I know that you are probably saying, “I have a warranty on my car”. This is good for the first year but exactly what happens when the car starts to get older and the warranty is gone. What if you are not buying a new car but a used vehicle? What happens if you do not have the money on hand to have things repaired by a professional shop? You might want to start now with the beginning of your purchase to start the process of learning how to care for the do it yourself issues. Knowing now will prevent issues later when the problem comes up.

With the right tools in the car, you will have them ready for any situation. You might even find that others on the road can benefit from your thinking ahead. How many times do you see people who are stuck on the side of the road without a jack or a set of jumper cables? You can ease off the side of the road and offer your assistance. Not only will you feel good about planning ahead, you have been in a position to do something nice for someone else. The feeling you get from being able to help someone else will not be surpassed by many other things.

If you can not afford to buy all these extras at once, make sure you have at least a set of jumper cables and a jack for flat tires. Tires never last as long as the warranty and could need to be changed at any time. Take a little time to search the manual in your car for proper tire changing instructions. Each year, many individuals get hurt because they did not set up the jack properly and the vehicle falls.

Take a firm stand with yourself to begin to learn more about repairs you can easily do on your vehicle. You never know when just the knowledge will come in handy. Your car seems to choose the most inopportune times to break down and being prepared will make it a less scary event for you. Imagine for a second what would happen if you were traveling at night and were stranded on the side of the road. You will feel much better when you get in your vehicle for not only the long trips but the short commutes to a place of work or play.

Every car at some time will need to be fixed. Maintence not only prepares you for the worst of times but can teach you how to keep your car in top form for many years to come. Doing things your self will be a money saving experience for you also. It can get pretty pricy to put your car in the shop especially with labor charges added. What could take you an hour to repair could mean a week of not having your car because it is in the shop.