The majority of people immediately have their oil changed at a local garage and follow the mechanic’s advice about replacing air filters and wiper blades without question. The problem with this is that you are throwing away money by using their service. In this article we are going to explain to you why you’re losing money by following their recommendations and how you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.
Maybe you are unaware that in all likelihood, according to your car manufacturer, you only need to change your air filter after every 20,000 miles. Exposed to ordinary driving situations, this is what your car requires. Obviously, if following 20,000 miles your air filter is still practically clean there is no reason to change it. Now when you visit an oil change place these companies recommend that you change the air filter every 2nd oil change. They make this recommendation because it is a lucrative moneymaker for them. Some of these places also charge you up to $70 to replace a $10 air filter.
Learning to replace your own air filter will save you significant money and prevent you from being taken advantage of by the oil change facilities. Take a trip to your nearby auto parts store where you can purchase an air filter for under $10. And if you ask the people at the parts outlets, many of them will often put it in for you. It truly is a piece of cake to replace an air filter since you most likely only have to remove the wing nut or release clamps to get the job done. Then, you simply take out that old filter and replace it with a new one. By carrying out this yourself, you may spend up to $20 every few years instead of paying someone else to do it for you at a cost of over $200 every two years.
You will be able to do the same thing whenever it comes to changing your windshield wipers. Why not pay around $10 yourself for a pair of windshield wiper blades rather than shelling out close to $40 at an oil change facility? As you now almost certainly understand, it is possible to change your wiper blades almost as quickly as you can change your air filter. In case you didn’t already know, you will probably get the job done more rapidly if you replace the entire wiper blade unit and not just the blade. So when purchasing the windshield wiper blades make certain you get the whole unit. Virtually all wiper blades can be easily replaced by using a little screwdriver. With wiper blades, you’ll automatically know when to replace them since they will no longer work properly. The oil change technicians are just using a computer recommendation and they don’t know whether your blades happen to be working properly or not. Thus, if they have never replaced your wiper blades, they will continue to suggest that you buy new blades from them.
Anyhow, these are just a couple of ways to save money by doing the work yourself. Possibly now you should change your own oil as well. It will take you more practice to get good at it, but you can look forward to saving a substantial amount of money.