By Steven Symes on March 09, 2018
Can you change your own oil, or are you running to a quick-lube shop every 3,000 miles? Know where the cabin air filter goes, or what the recommended pressure for your tires is? Can you replace your brake pads when they start to squeal? If you consider yourself a car repair master, take this quiz to test your DIY car repair IQ!
Everyone has different preferences regarding car styles and colors, but there's one thing everyone can agree on -- cars are expensive! In fact, the average person spends more than $9,000 a year on their car, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of those costs are obvious, like just under $2,000 a year for gas, and $3,600 for payments or money down. The rest is stuff you might not think of when budgeting for your vehicle, but these costs add up to more than $3,000 per year and include not only routine maintenance, but also unexpected expenses like a blown engine or oil leak.
The good news is that you can reduce these costs with a bit of elbow grease. While they may seem intimidating, many basic car maintenance tasks are surprisingly simple -- especially with online resources like YouTube videos to guide you through the process. Doing the job yourself will not only help you save money, you'll also save time and avoid unscrupulous mechanics trying to charge you for fixes you don't need. Above all, you'll get a feeling of pride and satisfaction from a job well done.
Think you've got what it takes to fix a flat or replace an alternator? Take our quiz to find out!