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Simple ways to do car maintenance like a boss

Autocar Logo By Ronan Glon of Autocar | Slide 1 of 22: Whether you own a Ford F-150, a Mazda MX-5 Miata or anything in between, looking after it properly will make it last longer, boost its resale value and ultimately save you money. While some jobs are best left to professionals, there are a lot of tasks you can perform yourself if you have basic tools and a free afternoon.I personally maintain a menagerie of vehicles including a 1979 Mercedes 300D (pictured), a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, a 1971 Fiat 850 sedan, a 1972 Mini, and a 1978 Citroën 2CV 4 - and none of them have been to a professional mechanic yet.Read on for tips on how to keep your car in tip-top condition without ever giving a mechanic your credit card information. And with 'how to' guide books and online videos readily available for most tasks, much of this is easier than you might think – here’s our guide to how to get started:

All cars regardless of age, price and power have one thing in common: they need maintenance.

Whether you own a Ford F-150, a Mazda MX-5 Miata or anything in between, looking after it properly will make it last longer, boost its resale value and ultimately save you money. While some jobs are best left to professionals, there are a lot of tasks you can perform yourself if you have basic tools and a free afternoon.

I personally maintain a menagerie of vehicles including a 1979 Mercedes 300D (pictured), a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, a 1971 Fiat 850 sedan, a 1972 Mini, and a 1978 Citroën 2CV 4 - and none of them have been to a professional mechanic yet.

Read on for tips on how to keep your car in tip-top condition without ever giving a mechanic your credit card information. And with 'how to' guide books and online videos readily available for most tasks, much of this is easier than you might think – here’s our guide to how to get started. Continue reading in the gallery above.

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