Surely you have had nasty car repair experiences in the past. {You may have had good ones at well, but no one likes shelling out tons of money and wondering what is really going on.|No one likes shelling out tons of money and wondering what is really going on, although you may have had good ones at well.} Instead, you want the knowledge necessary to make well-informed decisions next time you are dealing with car repairs.

Familiarize yourself with the dashboard of your car. Your dashboard should display five different kinds of warning, including the check engine light, oil pressure warning, an alternator warning, a temperature warning and a brake warning. Learn to recognize these different lights so you can easily identify what needs your attention.

When taking your car to a repair service, make sure that you have all documentation handy. This is important as you do not want the mechanic to do tasks that have already been performed on your car. This can help you save a lot of {time and money|money and time} with your repair.

Check the fluids in your car regularly. Check the oil level with the dipstick you can find under your hood. The dipstick should have a mark on it to indicate the ideal oil level. {Add a quart of oil if you need to and check the level again after letting your car run for a few minutes.|If you need to and check the level again after letting your car run for a few minutes, add a quart of oil.}

{Preventative maintenance is very important if you own a car.|If you own a car, Preventative maintenance is very important.} Do not hesitate to spend money on the tools you need to {inspect and maintain|maintain and inspect} your car or having a mechanic look at your car regularly. {Maintaining your car regularly could help you save a lot on repairs or towing if your car breaks down.|If your car breaks down, maintaining your car regularly could help you save a lot on repairs or towing.}

When performing your own car repairs, make sure you budget enough time to get the job done. It’s easy to underestimate how long a repair job will take. {You may encounter difficult to remove bolts or nuts, or find out a part is harder to remove than you anticipated.|You may encounter difficult to remove bolts or nuts. Alternatively, find out a part is harder to remove than you anticipated.} Giving yourself enough time to complete the repair safely will make the job much less stressful.

Ask your auto mechanic about their A.S.E. certification. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has a test twice a year for it. To earn this certification, mechanics must pass a written test while also having about two years of work experience in auto mechanics and repair. This certification increases your chances of finding competent mechanics.

Always research the reputation of any auto repair shop you are considering using to have your car serviced. {If you are a AAA member, you can find a list of approved shops on their website.|You can find a list of approved shops on their website if you are a AAA member.} You can also download an app for your smartphone like Repairpal to view ratings for different repair shops.

Do not try do diagnose difficult auto repair problems yourself. You are not the expert, and you must remember this. {What you may think is an easy fix may be a hard one, especially if your car is newer.|If your car is newer, what you may think is an easy fix may be a hard one, especially.} Allow the automobile repair shop to correctly diagnose the problem. {Give them every detail about what happened and if there were any sounds associated with the problem, and let them diagnose the trouble.|If there were any sounds associated with the problem, and let them diagnose the trouble, give them every detail about what happened and.}

Pay attention to any fluids that pool under you car when parked. {Small spots may not mean very much, but take note of what the fluid is.|Take note of what the fluid is, though small spots may not mean very much.} Plain water is usually just condensation that builds up on a car naturally. But bright green or orange fluid is the cooling system. {Oily fluids are those like engine oil, or transmission fluid.|Oily fluids are those like engine oil. Alternatively, transmission fluid.} These are warning signs.

Feel more confident now that you have the proper information to help guide you through your next car repair. You don’t want to get in a web of destruction which comes from making the wrong decisions. Instead, you want to be on top of your game with the information that you’ve been given.