Sunday, January 17, 2010
The first car I bought on my own was a ford escort. I was so proud of myself for getting the loan without any help and paying for it with my own money. It was a good car, but I didn't know anything about car maintenance, so I ended up having a little car trouble. That's the car I had when I met my husband, and when he heard the noise it was making, he asked me how long it had been since I had changed the oil. I didn't know I was supposed to change the oil, and since he had been a mechanic, this was extremely hard for him to believe! I was only 19, and up to this point, my dad had always taken care of my cars, so the only thing I ever put in them was gas.
I'm pretty trusting of people who are supposed to know what their doing, so if a mechanic tells me that I need a new water pump, I just assume that he knows what he's talking about. I found a great website that can help you decide if your car actually needs certain repairs by reading experiences from other people who own the same type of vehicle, and find auto shops in your area to get a second opinion. If you visit a repair shop and they tell you that you need a new timing belt, you can visit repairpal.com to find other repair shops in your area and read about all the parts and accessories that may be required for your repair. If you want to make sure you're not paying for unnecessary repairs or paying too much money, visit repairpal.com and get the facts!