Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Save 58% on Your Car Maintenance

I’m not crazy about car maintenance, but it has to be done.  This is one of the luxuries that I do pay others to do… change the oil in both of my cars.  If you really want to save money, you could do this yourself.  Yes, I’ve been trained.  My dad would drag me out to the garage to work on his cars.  He did a lot of simple car repairs himself.  There was a lot of fond father-son moments shared out in that garage.  As well, I got to learn some colorful words as he would inevitably bust his knuckles in the process.

OK – how did I or how can you save 58% on your car maintenance?  One of my honey-dos for the last couple of weeks was to take the car in to get the oil changed.  Ursula has done this, but it’s not her favorite thing to do.  Of course, when you’re getting the oil changed there’s the free 15 or 115 point inspection.  (That’s their way to ask if you want fries with that shake!)  The oil changing dude said that the air filter needed to be replaced.  He of course showed me what it looked like and it did look pretty bad.  He said that they normally charge $22, but could take off $5 since I was getting the oil changed.  I thought about it and figured that I could change it myself for less.  I watched him put it back and saw where under the hood it was and how relatively easy it looked.

Later that day, I took Cairo, my 13 year old son, to AutoZone and we purchased the air filter.  I told him that it was important that we look like we know what we’re talking about when go in there, so I told him he should do all the talking!  OK, I did the talking and got the air filter after telling them the make, model, and year.  The STP Air Filter was $10.00.  We saved 58% over the $17 cost of what the oil changing place would have charged. 

Below is a video of me replacing the air filter.  Only takes a couple of minutes to change it yourself. 

OK… that’s not me in the video, that dude was my stunt double.

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