Car Servicing For Dummies: How To Maintain Your Car And Save Cash

One thing that all car owners have to do is maintain their vehicles. There is no way out of paying for these costs. The thing about car maintenance is that some cars cost more than others to maintain.

Are you fed up with huge servicing and repair bills? If so, there is a way that you can lower those costs. As long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can maintain your car yourself! If you are keen to service your car, you’ve come to the right place!

This blog post isn’t intended to give you step-by-step instructions. It’s intended to give you a general overview of what you need to do to service and maintain your car yourself.


A mechanic is only as good as the tools they have at their disposal! You will need to invest in some basic tools to help you carry out a range of jobs on your car. Some of the tools you will need are as follows:

  • Screwdriver set with hex bits;
  • Socket and wrench set;
  • Oil filter removal tool;
  • Trolley jack and axle stands;
  • LED torch.

As you become more confident, you will buy other tools to help you carry out more complex jobs. The tools listed above will help you to jack your car up, support it in the air, and carry out a basic service.


The parts you need will depend on the job you are carrying out. For a basic service, you will need an oil filter, engine oil, and air filter. A major service might also include spark plugs, drive belts and other filters.

Before carrying out any work, make sure you have the right parts at your disposal! Your car’s registration number is ample information to get what you need.

You don’t have to buy all your parts from a main dealer either. The Internet is a great place to find new and used car parts at discounted prices. I’d recommend searching online first before contacting your main dealer for parts prices!


Now that you have got your tools and parts, what else do you need? If you have never carried out any work on your car before, you will need instructions. The best way to get those instructions is from a Haynes manual or similar.

These car manuals provided detailed step-by-step instructions for all sorts of jobs. You will soon be able to carry out a range of jobs on your car from memory!

If all else fails…

Let’s face it; car maintenance isn’t for everyone. If you have tried and failed, you are better off leaving your car’s maintenance in the hands of professionals. Firms such as the Pentagon Group offer a range of mechanical services, and they will get the work done in a timely fashion.

Of course, if you haven’t had a go yet, you should at least try!

I hope that today’s blog post has given you an insight into what’s involved with DIY car servicing and maintenance. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments box below. Good luck!


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Published on: August 4, 2014

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