In today's harsh economic climate, everyone is trying to find ways to save the grind on the wallet. What happens when you hear a grinding sound when you turn the key to your car? Everyone knows that just keeping your car's maintenance up-to-date can be expensive, but what if something goes wrong? That can really hit you where it hurts, some car parts can be in the thousands! Well, it doesn't have to. More and more Brits are taking matters into their own hands these days, especially when it comes to the simple issues of changing oil, topping up fluids, changing spark plugs, changing the oil filter, etc. Keeping your regular maintenance up will go a long way in reducing the wear and tear on your vehicle and prolong its years. When something does break down, the problem may be a simple fix, such as a blown fuse, dead battery, etc. If the problem is larger, you may be able to order your part online at a much reduced price, get the manual and install the part at a fraction of the cost of taking your car to a garage. Keep in mind that labour charges are often double the cost of the parts, so if the repair isn't terribly complicated, you would save yourself a great deal of money by fixing the car yourself. If you have a friend or family member who would willingly assist you for a pint, all the better. It's always a good idea to have an experienced mechanic on hand for any difficult manoeuvres. Be sure to follow all of the manual's instructions to insure a proper installation of your part and feel free to consult the retailer's specialist if one is available. It may take you a little longer, but if you are willing and have the patience, or if you have the skills already, you will certainly save money by repairing your car yourself versus taking it to a garage. Online sites are quite competitive these days, many offering free shipping to your home. So comparison shop and you will save yourself some hard earned cash and be back on the road in no time.