Getting To Grips With Essential Car Maintenance
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Getting To Grips With Essential Car Maintenance

When I got my first car twenty years ago, I was clueless when it came to maintaining it and keeping it in a roadworthy condition. As a result, I had to pay for costly repairs that could have been avoided if the car had been looked after better. I learned my lesson and started reading everything I could about basic car maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned in the hopes it will save other new drivers making costly mistakes. I blog about a variety of topics, such as troubleshooting uneven tyre wear, the benefits of regular servicing and maintaining your car during the winter months. I hope you find my blog useful.


Getting To Grips With Essential Car Maintenance

  • Is it safe to use second hand car parts?

    13 March 2015

    Wherever you live there will be a second hand car parts supplier nearby.  In all probability it will be a breakers yard, such as Carbusters Auto Wreckers.  There is a booming market in second hand car parts for two very good reasons: Second hand car parts are cheaper than brand new parts New parts are no longer made for some older cars.  These parts can only be found second hand.

  • Are You and Your Windscreen Unwittingly Breaking The Law?

    24 February 2015

    The wail of a police siren and the flash red and blue of lights in the rear view mirror can be enough to make the blood of any motorist run cold. As the mind starts racing, trying to piece together may have caught the police officer's attention, most motorists are unlikely to suspect the cause of their problems may begin with their humble windscreen.  It might seem benign, but any sizeable crack that's slowly been creeping across the driver's side of your windscreen is actually illegal and could land you with a defective vehicle notice, and/or a fine.

  • Understanding the planishing method

    10 February 2015

    Any repairs to the general bodywork of your vehicle following an accident or damage are referred to as panel beating. Skilled panel beating craftsmen, commonly known as panel beaters, are responsible for carrying out the needed restoration auto body works. A number of techniques are employed by panel beaters during the course of their job, including metal working, welding, sanding and spray painting, just to mention a few. In the event that the bodywork is not damaged past repair, planishing technique is often deployed.

  • How to Negotiate Your Rental Rates for Corporate Travel

    26 January 2015

    If you are in charge of handling car rental bookings in your organisation it pays to negotiate carefully with the rental companies, in order to get the best overall deal. A comprehensive survey conducted in the United States, for example, found that companies that were proactive in this fashion saved an average of over 30%, compared to typically published car rental rates. To help you as you talk with the rental company to see what is on offer, here are some elements that may be introduced into the conversation.

  • Why Your Car's Gear Shifter May Disappear in Favor of Something Simpler

    12 January 2015

    Could changes in the way that you interact with your car's transmission system give you more room to move in the front of your car? Could it even herald a return to the bench seat era of the 1950s? Okay, perhaps that last question is a bit of a stretch, but there are certainly trends emerging in the auto industry that could remove those awkward and barely functional gear shift levers that live in between our car's front seats.