I am a first time car owner, and I realized recently that I am not taking proper care of my car, nor do I know how to take proper care of my car.
I saw this question
, but I am not interested in learning how do things myself - I'm perfectly happy to have someone else change my oil.
What I want to know are things like this:
- how often do I need to take my car in to the mechanic for maintenance?
- what do I ask for when I take my car in?
- how do I know if the repairs the mechanic suggests are actually needed, or if the price is fair?
I'm sure there are other questions that I don't know to ask, either.
I'm happy to spend several hours reading about cars, but not interested in getting my hands dirty, it's just not my thing to tinker with cars. If anyone could point me towards resources to educate myself, I would appreciate that a lot.
I do know how to check my oil, and I've heard that you should change it every 5000 miles. I tend to forget to do this, and any tips for how to remember would be appreciated.
(oh, and I drive a 2009 Honda Fit, if that changes anything - but I'm really looking for general tips on car ownership/ maintenance, rather than tips that are specific to this car)