Keep all of your car records handy. It’s wise to keep them in your glove compartment in case you need to go to a auto repair shop on the fly. The records will be vital to your mechanic. Good documentation can help diagnose problems a lot faster.
You should never fill your windshield wiper compartment with water. Water might work sufficiently to clean the windshield, but the car’s system is meant to handle only washer fluid. Check the reservoir regularly, about as often as you check the oil and fluid levels. Keep a bottle in your car. The trunk is good place to keep a bottle. Record all of the work that you have had done on your vehicle. If possible, maintain this record in your car. If kept in the vehicle, you can access them quickly when you are dealing with a mechanic. This will help you diagnose problems and inform buyers if you decide to sell your car.
You will have many options as to where you want your car fixed. Dealerships tend to cost more, however they have specially trained technicians that are familiar with your model of car. Usually independent garages are cheaper, but the workers may not be as honest. Make sure you take your vehicle to a knowledgeable technician. Ask and see if the mechanic has experience with your make and model of car. If they aren’t, you should go somewhere else.