wfmw: car advice

wfmw: car advice

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A little over a year ago, my regular blog readers may remember that we got ourselves a new (to us) car. Ever since then, I have been determined to take really good care of her so she lasts for many, many years!

However, neither Paul nor I know anything (really) about cars. We know to change the oil every 3,000 miles and to keep air in the tires, but that’s it. So my question to you is, what kinds of maintenance should be performed on a car to keep it going strong? Our mechanic offers a twice yearly “car care package” that includes checking all the fluids, rotating the tires, and some inspections. Is that a good use of our money? If so, is twice a year a good frequency of time? What other things should we keep in mind to keep our car running smoothly for many years?

She’s a 2004 Toyota Corolla, if that makes any difference.

Also, a more specific request: a few months ago, Someone Who Shall Remain Nameless decided to add a new bumper adornment. So, there is now there is this horrible scratch:

I’d really like to somehow fix it, but I know it’s probably not worth taking to a body shop and getting repainted. Or should I do that? I don’t want it to rust (is that a valid fear?). Is there some way I can make it look pretty again myself, or should I just get used to it?

UPDATE: Okay I just checked the bumper, and it’s not a hole. It’s actually just paint scraped off and it feels like something plastic underneath. Now I feel silly for being worried about rust. :-) *hangs head sheepishly*

Any advice you have is most helpful!

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