Valley Mechanics Share Expertise To Save You Money


(Phoenix)– While driving into an oil change may not appeal to everyone, there are less messy car care routines that can save you money and time spent waiting at a shop. Your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are available to discuss and demonstrate the following:

DIY Auto Repair

Replace Your Wipers

Thanks to our extreme temperatures, it can seem like we replace wipers more than we use them. As the rubber rests against the windshield in the sun, it can bond to the glass. When you finally turn them on, they can break apart or streak across the windshield. No tools are needed to replace and you may even be able to avoid buying new and just use a little vinegar instead.

Check your fluids

It may feel strange the first time, but it takes little effort and can alert you to potential problems early on.

Replace (some) bulbs and fuses

Dealerships make a lot of money by marking up bulbs and fuses. Your owner’s manual will tell you what to buy at an auto parts store. Review the instructions, grab a screwdriver and you’re good to go in some cases. In some cars, the bulbs may be more difficult to access and you’ll want to leave it to the pros.

Check your tires

While we recommend investing in a tire gauge, you don’t even have to do that. You can sometimes find a free air pump and gauge at a gas station. The biggest savings from this monthly DIY maintenance is increased fuel economy thanks to properly inflated tires. Plus, there’s a big safety benefit to traveling on properly inflated tires.

Clean you car

Regularly – and properly – using soap, water and wax will extend the life of your vehicle.

NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals)

The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.

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