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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #28

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring. We’re over half way now and after a break last week, we’re back with another top tip to help you cut the cost of motoring. Whether you’ve passed your driving test or not, you can make use of these tips because we know they will help you out either now or in the future. This week we’re looking at DIY car maintenance. All too often, Book Theory Test Today hears of stories involving motorists taking their vehicles to a garage just to change a headlight bulb. While the part needed is cheap, the labour costs will hike up the cost of motoring. Why not learn how to perform basic maintenance yourself?

Cut the cost of motoring tip #28 – DIY car maintenance

Book Theory Test Today says: “Don’t freak out, you might not know your way around a car engine, but you can learn. Remember, such knowledge can help you cut the cost of motoring long-term.” In every family or friendship circle, there’s always one that knows their way around under a car bonnet. If your car requires basic repairs, seek free tuition from that person. For every minute you spend learning, you stand to reduce the cost of motoring significantly every year. However, if such a person is not available to you and you’re unsure of what’s required to fix your vehicle, we do recommend seeking expert help. Alternatively, if the idea of learning appeals to you, visit your local council for details of cheap car maintenance courses. Although you have to pay out for a course, the value of what you’ll learn is priceless. To find a course in your area, try Hotcourses. Alternatively, there’s no shortage of resources available online that can help you to learn the necessary skills. Check out the Useful Motoring Websites forum on the Money Saving Expert (MSE) website, which features multiple sites that will assist your learning and ultimately, help you to cut the cost of motoring. The Car Maintenance Tips thread on the MSE website is another resource you have at your disposal. Book Theory Test Today says: “Whether your home needs work or your car needs maintenance, doing it yourself will save you a tonne of cash. Plus, there’s the added bonus of self-satisfaction that you have done it yourself. Not only have you saved money, but you’ve learnt a new skill. Kudos to you.

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