25 Secrets to Keeping Your Car Away From the Mechanic

Zoe Samuel

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Going to the mechanic is as inevitable as going to the doctor. The difference is that if your car is declared a total loss by your insurance company, you can get a new one. Of course, no one wants to do that. Most people assume that modern cars don't need to be serviced as often as older ones. While this can be true, it doesn't mean you can treat your vehicle like an iPhone; using it until it breaks and then replacing it.

People who use cars professionally know some tricks for keeping them running and reducing the amount of maintenance they need. Similarly, people who use cars for recreation, either on the track or at car clubs know tricks to keep them running efficiently. While some of these tricks require a lot of technical knowledge, many do not. 

Of these tips and tricks, we have assembled the 25 best, based on how easy they are to do, and their impact on your car's mechanical and electrical performance. If you have a gasoline-powered vehicle, you should take these into account, and even if you drive a fancy electric car, many of these will apply to you.

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