car care http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12383/all en-US 6 Simple Tips to Keep Your Car Running Longer http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-tips-to-keep-your-car-running-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-simple-tips-to-keep-your-car-running-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/guys_with_old_car.jpg" alt="Two guys with old car" title="Two guys with old car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="170" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever owned a car for several years &mdash; or just driven one that&rsquo;s several years old &mdash; you know that it takes some work to keep it running. The good news is, how often your car breaks down and how much those repairs cost you are largely within your control. Here&rsquo;s a quick rundown on how to keep your car on the road &mdash; and more money in your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-mistakes-to-avoid-when-shopping-for-car-insurance">6 Mistakes to&nbsp;Avoid When Shopping for Car Insurance</a>)</p> <h2>Choose the Right Car</h2> <p>Overall, cars are getting more reliable, but there is still a wide range in how much trouble you can expect to have with each one. So, when you&rsquo;re shopping for a new (or, better yet, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drive-the-old-car-or-buy-a-new-car">previously owned</a>) car, choose one with a reputation for reliability. If you choose a reliable car, you&rsquo;ll be able to spend your money on keeping it running well, rather than just keeping it running. There are many sources that provide this information, such as <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org">Consumer Reports</a>, which ranks most makes and models in terms of short-term and longer-term reliability. If you&rsquo;re really interested in getting the most out of your car, choose a reliable model to begin with.</p> <h2>Don&rsquo;t Be Cheap</h2> <p>You may hate handing your hard-earned cash over to your local mechanic for oil changes, tire rotations, and other maintenance, but spending money on the basics is the best way to avoid major repairs. An oil change costs $30 to $40; if you&rsquo;re an average driver, you&rsquo;ll need two or more each year (every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on your car). The cost of a new engine &mdash; which could be what your car requires if you skip too many oil changes &mdash; is $2,000 to $4,000. You decide. Don&rsquo;t believe me? Check out this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&amp;NR=1&amp;v=KC-SxrsgEwo">video</a> of what happens to an engine that&rsquo;s gone too many miles without an oil change.</p> <h2>Make a Note of Maintenance Milestones</h2> <p>Car manufacturers provide recommendations on when to complete basic maintenance tasks. You can find this information in your car&rsquo;s owner&rsquo;s manual. Most experts recommend getting your car&rsquo;s transmission fluid flushed every 25,000 miles, while an engine&rsquo;s timing belt should be replaced within 100,000 miles. These are just a few of several maintenance milestones your car will require. Find out what your car&rsquo;s manufacturer recommends and stick to it to avoid more costly issues.</p> <h2>Drive Nicely</h2> <p>Just like stepping lightly in a new pair of shoes can help keep them from showing wear, driving gently can help reduce wear and tear on your car. This means slowing down for big bumps or potholes, taking corners at a reasonable speed, and avoiding putting your foot to the floor before your car has warmed up. Driving hard puts more stress and strain on your car&rsquo;s components. Over time, these &ldquo;joy rides&rdquo; can put your car&rsquo;s condition into an expensive tail spin.</p> <h2>Know Your Dash</h2> <p>You know all those annoying lights that appear on your dash? Usually, they come on to alert you to things that don&rsquo;t signal an emergency for your car, such as a burned out tail light, low on fuel, or that you are not wearing your seat belt. As a result, you might assume these &ldquo;nanny lights&rdquo; can be ignored for while. But while some check-engine lights can be deferred for a day or two while you wait to see your mechanic, there is one light you absolutely cannot ignore, and that&rsquo;s the oil pressure indicator. If this light appears on your dash, you must pull over and stop the car<i> immediately</i>. This light means that your car has suddenly lost oil pressure, which will cause friction and heat to build up in your engine. This can weld your engine together permanently in less than a minute. Unless where you&rsquo;re headed is worth the cost of a new engine, pull over and wait for a tow truck.</p> <h2>Keep It Clean</h2> <p>You may not think that how your car looks has much bearing on how it drives, but this isn&rsquo;t entirely true. Dirt, grit, and the salt used to melt <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snow-patrol-winter-driving-safety-kit-must-haves">road ice</a> in the northern states and Canada can cause damage to your car&rsquo;s paint and undercarriage. This can lead to rust, which can make your car deteriorate faster and, if serious enough, reduce its crash safety. Even in warm, dry climates, dirt can grind down upholstery and leather, wearing out the inside of your car. Just as you&rsquo;ll need a regular schedule for conducting maintenance on your car, you should also make a habit of cleaning it regularly.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to know a lot about cars to keep your car running, but you do need to know a few basics and be informed about what&rsquo;s recommended for the make and model you own. If you treat your car well, it is likely to return the favor in reliability and longevity. Putting regular maintenance into a car that&rsquo;s running just fine can be tough for frugal-minded people, but while you may hate handing that cash over to your mechanic, what really pays his bills are the big repairs only he (or she!) can help you avoid.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-tips-to-keep-your-car-running-longer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-a-car-service-plan-is-worth-it">How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-cut-car-ownership-costs">How To Cut Car Ownership Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-car-maintenance-with-these-5-diy-tips">Save on Car Maintenance With These 5 DIY Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-every-time-you-get-into-your-car">How Much Does it Cost Every Time you Get Into Your Car?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car">7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation car care car maintenance drive old car Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:48:24 +0000 Tara Struyk 813921 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Homemade Car Cleaning Products http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-homemade-car-cleaning-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-homemade-car-cleaning-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car wash.jpg" alt="car wash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="../../../../../../topic/best-money-tips"><strong>Best Money Tips</strong></a> roundup. Today, we share a recipe for homemade car wax, how to cook anchovies, and why paper makes a great alternative to wood flooring!<b>&nbsp;</b></p> <h2><b>Top 5 Articles</b><b>&nbsp;</b></h2> <p><b>Homemade Car Cleaning Products</b> &ndash; Want to save big bucks on tire cleaner, car wax, and more?&nbsp;This roundup of DIY recipes is genius!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gatherlittlebylittle.com/2008/03/homemade-car-cleaning-products/">Gather Little By Little</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Hotel Rewards Cheat Sheet Shows the Real Cost of Free Nights</b> &ndash; Think that you&rsquo;re getting a great deal with that free night promo at your favorite chain hotel?&nbsp;Maybe you&rsquo;re not.&nbsp;Get all the details and avoid overspending for those free nights.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/infographics/hotel-rewards">Nerd Wallet</a> via <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5613773/hotel-rewards-program-cheat-sheet-shows-the-real-cost-of-free-nights">LifeHacker</a><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>Introduction to Anchovies</b> &ndash; I&rsquo;m a bit squeamish about eating these tiny fish, but this amazing post really puts their potential into perspective!&nbsp;Learn about exciting ways to create yummy dishes with these little fishes. (You&rsquo;ll also want to read <a href="http://www.scordo.com/2009/12/whole-sardines-fryed-smelts-wild-dandeloins-dinner.html">this how-to</a> for preparing both sardines and smelt!) <a href="http://www.scordo.com/2010/07/introduction-to-anchovies.html">&nbsp;Scordo</a><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>DIY Alternative to Wood Floors &ndash; </b>When I first saw this, I thought it was a practical joke!&nbsp;Using brown kraft paper as flooring material, however, happens to be a very affordable and beautiful alternative to expensive wood materials.&nbsp;You&rsquo;ll love this!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.anoregoncottage.com/2010/08/video-diy-alternative-to-wood-floors.html">An Oregon Cottage</a><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>Stock Your Bathroom on the Cheap</b> &ndash; I love that this writer suggested using trial sized samples to keep the ladies&rsquo; (or men&rsquo;s) room well-stocked!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/05/05aug15c.cfm">The Dollar Stretcher</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><b>Other Essential Reading</b><b>&nbsp;</b></h2> <p><b>How to Make Drop Dumplings</b> &ndash; These are ridiculously easy, and so delicious-looking!&nbsp;Can&rsquo;t you imagine them swimming in a tasty beef stew?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.home-ec101.com/how-to-make-drop-dumplings/">Home Ec 101</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>What to Do About a Passive-Aggressive Spouse</b> &ndash; This is a very eye-opening article, perfect for dealing with anyone in your life who display this behavior (maybe it&rsquo;s you?)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.projecthappilyeverafter.com/2010/08/what-to-do-about-a-passive-aggressive-spouse/">Happily Ever After</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>8 Tips for Stress-Free Camping</b> &ndash; The most popular time of year for camping is almost upon us! If the thought of packing up and sleeping under the stars has you a bit anxious (especially if you&rsquo;re going with kids), this list can give you some support.&nbsp;<a href="http://simplemom.net/tips-for-stress-free-camping/">Simple Mom</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Destination Wedding Vs. Traditional At-Home Wedding: Which is Cheaper?</b>&nbsp;This is a great breakdown of each type of wedding and the costs involved.&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re mulling over the idea of getting away from it all for your vows, this is a must-read!&nbsp;<a href="http://youngandthrifty.ca/relationships-money/destination-wedding-vs-traditional-at-home-wedding-which-one-is-cheaper/#more-2030">Young and Thrifty Ca</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Save Money by Taking Notes</b> &ndash; This simple task can net big savings.&nbsp;Find out how via Trent&rsquo;s straightforward advice.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/08/14/taking-notes/">The Simple Dollar</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-homemade-car-cleaning-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-greener-cheaper-alternatives-to-paper-cleaning-products">9 Greener, Cheaper Alternatives to Paper Cleaning Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-cleaning-your-wallet-benefits-you-financially">How Cleaning Your Wallet Benefits You Financially</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips car care cleaning DIY Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:47:36 +0000 Linsey Knerl 210165 at http://www.wisebread.com