Auto repair is a tough nut to crack. Get on the right track from the start and read this article for some helpful tips. You may be shocked at what you find out.

Always ask lots of questions at the shop where you are getting your car repaired. Center your questions around the current problems and the precautions that you can take to prevent these problems from recurring. Preventing automotive issues is a valuable skill to save money during the year.

Make sure the oil in your vehicle is changed about every 3,000 miles. Waiting longer for an oil change can result in dirt and debris fouling your oil and that can damage your engine. If you use synthetic oil in your vehicle, you only need to change the filter every other oil change.

It is a good idea to use referrals to find a decent mechanic. Can you get a recommendation from a friend or someone that you work with? This will let you figure out what kind of price you’re dealing with and if you’ll be satisfied with the work that is done. Avoid the mechanics who overcharged your friends or were not honest with them.

Take action if you believe a garage or dealership ripped you off. Notify one of the manager and give them a chance to issue a refund. If you are still not satisfied, contact your local Better Business Bureau to file a complaint. Your city or state consumer affair office is also a good resource.

If your car’s electrical system is behaving strangely, try cleaning the ground cables. Auto makers use the metal body of a vehicle to act as a “ground” for the electrical system. Over time the area where this cable connects to the frame can corrode, causing a stray electrical current that can wreak havoc on your system. This cable is usually connected on the firewall or fender, so simply disconnect it and use a wire brush or sandpaper to clean the contacts.

You can easily fix scratches yourself. You will need to fill the scratch with a primer that corresponds to the colors of your car, apply some paint once the primer is dry and sand the entire area. Start with a fine sand paper and increase the grain progressively before waxing.

Changing a car battery is quick and easy. It usually involves unfastening a clip on top of the battery and using a wrench to loosen and remove the connectors. (Naturally, you should do this with your engine off!) Brush the connectors clean with a wire brush. Lift out the old battery and put the new battery in its place. Fasten the connectors securely and refasten the clasp. You should be good to go!

Keep this advice in mind the next time your car has trouble. Don’t let an ignorance of the subject make the experience a miserable one. Commanding your own auto repairs and knowing your options can help you make the best deals you can to win later on.