Here I am pouring oil into the engine of my BMW.

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I do this a lot. Well, not oil changes specifically, but maintenance on my cars. If you’re like me and prefer to buy inexpensive cars, learning to do your own maintenance and repairs is key. If you rely on your local garage to do everything, you soon find yourself spending quantities of money that come perilously close to what you paid for the car in the first place. As I’ve written over on Not2Grand:

The problem with buying a car for so little money is that every bit of maintenance hurts, and it doesn’t take a lot for a repair to suddenly equal a significant proportion of your original outlay. When you buy a new car, you get a warranty that covers your maintenance and repair costs for the first few years. Buy a lightly used car, and you don’t mind the occasional bigger bill to keep it in shape. But what if you’ve gone in for an N2G purchase?

What I want to suggest is that ‘living the N2G lifestyle’ means looking to avoid these extra costs as far as possible. And the best way to do that is by learning to do some maintenance on your own.

Read the rest here.

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