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592. Learn enough about cars to confidently buy a used one and change my own oil

My Story

Updated July 18, 2010

I’m marking this one as a ‘work in progress’ because I have actually started learning. Around April of 2008, I took a class called ‘Car Care for Women’ taught by a Karen Valenti, a woman who owns and runs North Hollywood Discount Auto Service. If you’re in the neighborhood and your car needs some work, I highly recommend Karen as an honest, capable, straight-talking mechanic.

The best thing about this class is that you get to bring your own car, and you learn how to check your own car’s oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and belts and hoses. Karen said knowing about those few things would help you to quickly evaluate the condition of any car – she said she routinely buys 10-year-old cars and drives them for several years – mostly because she’d rather spend her money on other things.

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