Navigating Your Way Through The Auto Repair MarketYour car does a lot for you each day. You may not know a lot about cars, but you might want to learn. This article is intended to help provide a little more confidence in your abilities and teach you the basics of simple auto-maintenance.It is not legal for a mechanic to start working on your car before you officially authorize them to do so, usually by signing a contract. Be careful what you authorize the mechanic to do. You should only sign documents that include a detailed list of the needed repairs and their prices.When trying to get an estimate for the cost of your auto repairs, ask the technician how they calculate the cost. There are some shops that charge your a flat rate for parts and labors, but others will try and charge you a fee for each hour they spend fixing your car.If you notice your windshield wipers are not removing all the water from your windshield when it rain, you may need to replace the blades. This is a simple fix anyone can do. Measure the blades and purchase new ones from an auto supply store. Remove the old ones and snap the new ones in place.Always ask about the certification and the insurance of a mechanic before letting them fix your car. If something goes wrong, the mechanic’s insurance will cover damages and usually provides you with a car you can drive until yours is fixed. A mechanic who is not certified does not have an insurance either.As said in the beginning of this article, taking care of your car is very important. By learning the simplest maintenance, such as performing your own oil changes, you can save a lot of cash. Take these tips to heart, and pull this article back out whenever you need to.