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One way to save money on keeping your car in tiptop condition is to perform some of the maintenance and repairs yourself. Many routine car maintenance items, like changing the oil and filter, and replacing windshield wiper blades are fairly easy to do yourself. With some training, many auto owners can even tackle more complex maintenance items, like replacing brake pads and spark plugs.

Another way to help keep your car running its best without spending too much money is to get the very best deals on auto parts and accessories needed to perform those maintenance and repair jobs. In some cases, you may even be able to find used auto parts and accessories in South Africa that will do the job just as well as used counterparts, particularly if you're repairing or maintaining an older car.

Most Commonly Replaced Auto Parts

The most common maintenance items needed for your car include oil and oil filters, along with windshield wiper blades, and brake pads. When replacing these parts during routine maintenance, it is best to use new parts. It is also critical to use parts designed for your particular make and model car. However, this doesn't mean it is always necessary to purchase these parts from the dealer or other high-end parts store.

Big Repairs

In some cases, your older vehicle may need a major part, like the car engine or transmission replaced. In these cases, finding secondhand auto parts or accessories may be the smartest decision. For example, if your car needs a new engine, replacing it with a used engine from another car of the same make and model makes sense. In this case, you're ensuring that the engine you choose is designed for your particular car. By purchasing secondhand, you'll save a lot of money as well. It is important, however, to ensure that used auto parts and accessories are in good working order, preferably with less wear and tear than the item being replaced.

Finding new and used auto parts and accessories for sale can be fairly simple if you take the time to look. These save you plenty of money and help keep your car running smoothly. When you combine this savings with what you'll receive by performing maintenance and repairs yourself, you'll find that maintaining your car is far less expensive than before.