Even if you do not consider yourself a fix it kind of person, some car maintenance jobs are so simple to tackle yourself. It makes zero sense to pay someone to do the following DIY car maintenance and repair jobs when you can do it yourself and save big in the process.
Headlight restoration: If your headlights are cloudy there are restoration kits you can buy at the auto parts store for less than $20. Replacing your headlights could run you into the $100s of dollars. Replace Windshield Wiper Blades: For the price of the blades you can have your new wipers installed in less than 30 minutes yourself. Take it to a dealership and you pay the cost of the blades plus $125 on average.
Another great tip is to ask someone at the auto parts store to “help” you install them. Often they just do it for you for free.
Change Your Air Filter: Tons of tutorials exist on your vehicle for how to accomplish this, and it is one of the easier maintenance tasks to tackle on your own.
Once you pull the filter, shine a light behind it. If the filter is so dirty that it blocks 50% of the light, it needs changing.
Change Your Oil: If you have a reliable jack, or elevated ramps, then you can change your oil and save a lot of money. Make sure you have the type of oil your car requires. Where car oil is concerned, one size does not fit all.
Top Off Your Car’s Fluids: Purchase a large gallon jug of windshield washer fluid. Simply top it off every few months yourself. The same goes for your engine’s coolant.